A Fort Campbell soldier who was a Western Kentucky native was killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Thursday.
The soldier, 26-year-old Sgt. Michael C. Cable of Philpot, was a fire support specialist, according to Fort Campbell.
The department said Cable died Wednesday from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by enemy forces in Shinwar District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
Cable was assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. He had joined the Army in 2007.
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He had been a cross-country star at Daviess County High School in Owensboro a decade ago and attended Berea College, according to the Messenger-Inquirer newspaper of Owensboro.
"I sent out an email this morning with the Bible verse, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,'" Tony Rowe, Cable's high school coach, told the newspaper Thursday. "He's a hero. He died fighting for us and trying to make life better for the people of Afghanistan."
Cable had already served one tour in Iraq, said his older brother, Raymond Johnston, adding he was supposed to return from Afghanistan in June.
"He was very determined," Johnston said by telephone on his way to Delaware to be on hand when his brother's body was returned. "He just felt that he could really be a good soldier. He wanted to help."
His awards include one Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), one Purple Heart (posthumous), the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
In addition to his brother, Cable is survived by his parents, Raymond L. Johnston, Sr., and Vickie M. Johnston, both of Philpot.