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Memorial service held for fallen soldier with Charlotte ties

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A memorial service is being held Friday morning for a soldier with Charlotte connections, who died from injuries he sustained while serving in Afghanistan.

According to the Department of Defense, 33-year-old Major Paul D. Carron from Missouri died on Saturday in  Qalat, Afghanistan from "injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident."

Major Carron was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment and was stationed in Vilseck, Germany. Carron served as the squadron executive officer and had been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since June 2010.

Major Carron had a long attachment to North Carolina, both growing up on Fort Bragg and the surrounding community.

Major Carron was commissioned as a second lieutenant in infantry in 1999 and has served in a variety of assignments to include platoon leader for the 82nd Airborne Division; platoon leader and XO for the 3/75 Ranger Regiment; company commander for the 25th Infantry Division; company commander for the 5th Ranger Training Brigade; S-3 and executive officer for the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Stryker Regiment.

Carron's wife, Susan Abernathy Carron, is a native of Charlotte and her parents still live in town.  The couple has a daughter, Madeline, and are expecting a second child, Luke.

Major Carron is remembered as a loving father, husband, son and brother. He was an avid outdoors sportsman, devoted friend, and dedicated officer and soldier, who devoted his life to his family, the United States Army and to the interests of the United States of America.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel on Fort Bragg.

Interment with military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

An educational trust fund is being created for Madeline and Luke through USAA, sponsored by members of West Point Class of 1999. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the The Warrior Foundation.

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