Arkansas soldier killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34

The Department of Defense Friday announced the death of an Arkansas soldier.

Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston died Wednesday in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat/Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Gov. Mike Beebe ordered the state flag will be flown at half-staff until sundown on Sunday to honor Sgt. Young.

Rep. Tom Cotton released the following statement after hearing of Sgt. Young's death:

"John 15:13 says, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' Sergeant First Class Young courageously fought for our country and laid down his life for us, his fellow countrymen, so that we might live in freedom. We grieve his loss, yet we will always cherish and celebrate his bravery and patriotism.

"My deepest condolences go out to his loved ones, who are in our prayers. We cannot fill the emptiness they feel in their hearts. But as they mourn the loss of SFC Young, let us comfort and care for them, and thank them for the nobility of his service. Our gratitude to them and SFC Young will always endure."