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Wyoming troop deaths 20 years apart bookend Afghanistan war

Rylee McCollum
Rylee McCollum's family
Rylee McCollum

By MEAD GRUVER and THOMAS PEIPERT
Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — When a 20-year-old Wyoming soldier was among the last U.S. casualties in the Afghanistan war, it released one of the biggest outpourings of grief and sympathy since a 20-year-old Wyoming soldier was among the war’s first casualties. Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, of Jackson, was among 13 U.S. soldiers killed in a suicide bombing Aug. 26 at the Kabul airport. Almost two decades ago, Army Ranger Spc. Jonn Edmunds, of Cheyenne, died in a helicopter crash. In between, almost 2,500 U.S. troops have died in the conflict, most with far less attention than the two Wyoming men got.

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