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Oxford honors soldier who died in Afghan war

OXFORD, MS (AP) - For years, the names of Oxford residents who gave their lives from World War I to Vietnam have been etched in stone at the Lafayette County Courthouse.

The historical memorial is a solemn reminder of sacrifice.

This week, a new marker was erected with just one name. U.S. Army Lt. Donald "Donnie" Carwile was killed by a roadside bomb in August 2008 while on patrol in Afghanistan. He was 29.

Carwile's father, Dennis Carwile, a deputy with the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, attended the dedication Wednesday and helped place the heavy monument.

Carwile said he hoped there's never a need "to put another name on it."

The Oxford Eagle newspaper reports that Waller Funeral Home and B & W Memorials donated the square, granite block.

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