Local Soldier Dies From Combat Wounds

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FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – A local soldier has died from combat wounds after his unit went under attack in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven, 38, of Plainwell, Mich. died on Jan. 20, at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Sgt. Schoonhoven was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device on Dec. 15, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The solider was assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Family told FOX 17 News that Sgt. Schoonhoven volunteered to go on this third tour to Afghanistan.

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