After nine tours of duty, Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Grider was killed in Afghanistan in September on his 30th birthday. Friends and family say despite the frequent deployments, Grider was still the happy-go-lucky kid they all called "Hank," and that he had found his calling in the military. Rachel Lippmann reports for St. Louis Public Radio.
Soldier From Illinois Killed During 9th Deployment
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