FORT BRAGG, N.C. (July 14, 2019)(Gloucestercitynews.net)---The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor, 40, of Teague, Texas, died July 13, 2019, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire, according to Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, spokesman for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Military.com reported he joined the Army in 2001 as an infantryman. He had deployed numerous times to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a statement from Bymer.
Sartor had received more than two dozen awards and decorations and will posthumously receive a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
"We're incredibly saddened to learn of Sgt. Maj. James 'Ryan' Sartor's passing in Afghanistan. Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional," Col. Brian R. Rauen, commander of the 10th Special Forces Group, said in a statement. "He led his Soldiers from the front and his presence will be terribly missed."
Sartor was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.