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Shell Rock native killed in Afghanistan

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SPC Don Nichols was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bombing. SPC Don Nichols was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bombing.
SPC Timothy Guard, of Prescott, was wounded in Afghanistan. SPC Timothy Guard, of Prescott, was wounded in Afghanistan.
WAVERLY (KWWL) -

Shell Rock native and Iowa National guardsman Don Nichols was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Col. Greg Hapgood with the Iowa National Guard confirmed at a press conference at Camp Dodge in Johnston Thursday night that Nichols' vehicle was hit by an IED Wednesday. Nichols was one of two soldiers inside the vehicle when the roadside bombing occurred.

Also wounded in the same attack was SPC Tim Gourd of Prescott. Both are members of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry.

Nichols was a 2009 graduate from the Waverly-Shell Rock School District. School officials say students were informed of Nichols' death on Thursday morning.

He enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in March 2008.

His brother, Joe Nichols, is also stationed in Afghanistan.

The family of Spc. Donald L. Nichols issued the following statement:

"It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our beloved son, brother and friend during combat in Afghanistan. Don died doing what he loved, serving his country and protecting the freedom that we enjoy and providing the people of Afghanistan with the opportunity for freedom.

We are proud of Don's accomplishments and those of his fellow Iowa National Guard Soldiers and all of the military serving our country. Don was making a difference in the lives of the Afghan people, and was proud of it. As shocked as we are by his death, we are deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support shown by his fellow Soldiers, his family, friends and the community during this difficult time.

We are sure that you can understand and will honor our request for family privacy at this time, as we are focused on working with military officials to return Don's body home for military services and burial. We thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and kindness at this extremely difficult time. We are deeply saddened by our loss, but extremely proud of the honorable way he served America as a leader in the U.S. Army. We will remember him, his sense of humor, his "snarky" attitude, and his love for his family, friends and his country, with great pride."

 

 

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