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August 8, 2005

Albany- A South Georgia soldier injured in an explosion that killed other South Georgia soldiers is on his way back to the U.S.

Specialist Camden Pate from Baxley, Georgia is serving with the 48th Brigade in Iraq. Pate was injured last week in a roadside explosion that killed several other South Georgians. He was transported to Germany where doctor's removed a kidney.

Pate sustained burns to nearly 30 percent of his body. He was being flown from Germany to Texas for additional treatment. Family members left Sunday to join him in Texas.

The Pentagon has also disclosed the identities of two Fort Benning-based soldiers killed in a vehicle accident in Afghanistan last week. One was from Columbus.

The Defense Department says 21-year-old Private John M. Henderson Junior of Columbus, Georgia, and 19-year-old Private First Class Damian J. Garza of Odessa, Texas, died in the August Fourth accident.

Officials say the accident happened in Jalalabad Afghanistan when their vehicle veered off a road and into a river.

Both soldiers were assigned to the Third Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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