By Katie Ussin, KULR8.com, "The Spirit of Montana"
BILLINGS - Just days before a Shepherd soldier was set to return home on leave from Afghanistan, he was killed in the line of duty.
Army Sergeant Terry Lynch was 22 years old and was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle and killed him Monday.
Lynch was a Cavalry Scout deployed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team last January in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was serving with the 10th Mountain Division Stationed in Fort Drum, New York. Sergeant Lynch joined the army in July 2005.
His awards and decorations are extensive. They include: the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and Combat Action Badge.
Sergeant Terry Lynch, a hometown hero who sacrificed his life for this country.
SGT Lynch is survived by his sister and his father.