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2 Alabama servicemen killed in Afghanistan

Two Alabama servicemen were reported killed in separate incidents last week in Afghanistan, according to military officials.

Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael A. Robinson, 42, of Talladega died Friday, and 82nd Airborne Division Sgt. Brandon E. Hadaway, 25, of Valley was killed last Wednesday, according to statements from the military.

Robinson died in Kabul from non-combat-related causes, according to a statement released Monday by military officials at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where Robinson was stationed.

Robinson had served more than 12 years of active duty with the Marine Corps and had received numerous decorations, the statement said. No further details on the cause of Robinson's death were immediately available.

Hadaway was one of five paratroopers killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan last Wednesday, according to information released Monday by the 82nd Airborne Division.

Hadaway, who also served in Iraq in 2005, joined the Army in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Rachel, of Fort Bragg, and leaves behind a stepson and two sons.

Staff Sgt. Ronald E. Walton described him as "a big ol' teddy bear" and said he was always "joking and having fun with the guys."

The Associated Press

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