Soldier recalled as committed to family, country

HAWORTH, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma soldier who died last week in Afghanistan is being recalled as a person who was committed to both his family and his country.

The Pentagon says that Fort Hood, Texas-based Army Staff Sgt. Brandon W. Farley died Thursday at Bagram Airfield.

The 30-year-old from Haworth in far southeastern Oklahoma died of wounds sustained a day earlier when his mounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades in Able Monti.

Brandon Farley was the oldest of four siblings. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Hood.

Family members say he had been in Afghanistan since July and was beginning his third deployment.

Farley's first military stint was in the Marines, which he joined out of high school. After four years with the Marines, he was honorably discharged. He later joined the Oklahoma National Guard, then the Army.

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