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Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut, a 23-year-old soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord died Monday from wounds suffered  in an enemy attack  in Afghanistan, according to a Defense Department statement.

Dickhut, of Rochester, Minn. Was assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, which arrived in Afghanistan in December for a one-year deployment.

Though Dickhut deployed with his brigade, he subsequently was attached to the 82nd Airborne Division as a forward observer in southern Afghanistan.

“Sgt. Dickhut was not only incredibly talented as a Forward Observer, he possessed great maturity and intelligence. His positive attitude and eagerness to share lessons learned made him an invaluable member of our Company.” said Capt. Lawrence Csaszar, said in a statement released by the Army.

His friend, Spc. Connor Higgins said “He was easily the best Forward Observer I have ever met in the US Army … Sgt. Dickhut was surrounded by Soldiers who loved and respected him. I’m sure the Soldiers he trained will carry on in his footsteps.”

Dickhut’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star  and Purple Heart.

Prior to his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Dickhut also had served in Iraq from July through December of 2009.