A Ranger has died after being wounded by small arms fire during a Jan. 13 battle in northwest Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced on Friday.
Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, died on Thursday in Landstuhl, Germany, a Defense Department news release says. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
"Sergeant Cameron Meddock is one of America's precious sons," Col. Brandon Tegtmeier, commander, 75th Ranger Regiment, said in a news release. "The entire nation should strive to emulate the warrior, patriot and husband that Cameron was. The 75th Ranger Regiment will forever honor Sergeant Cameron Meddock and his family will forever be a member of our Ranger family."
Meddock was on his second deployment to Afghanistan, serving as a fire team leader, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He had previously served as a machine gunner, automatic rifleman, and gun team leader. His military awards include the Purple Heart.
"Sergeant Cameron Meddock was a phenomenal Ranger, and his selfless service represents the very best of our great nation," Lt. Col. Rob McChrystal, commander of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, said in the news release. "He will be missed dearly and the 2nd Ranger Battalion offers its sincerest condolences to his family."