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Charleston, SC (WLTX) -- A Citadel graduate was killed in action in Afghanistan.

The military college says Army Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman was killed January 10 in Afghanistan was his unit was attacked by small arms fire.

Sgt. Wittman was a 2007 graduate of the Citadel. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.

A Department of Defense news release lists his hometown as Chester, Virginia.

According to the Citadel's website, Sgt. Wittman had previously been awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Hart. The school says 18 Citadel graduates have died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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