Hometown honors 22-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan

Dawson grew up in the Whitinsville village of Northbridge

This undated photo provided by Department of Defense shows Spc. John M. Dawson. The 101st Airborne Division said Thursday, April 9, 2015, that Dawson of Whitinsville, Mass., died Wednesday in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission. (AP Photo/Department of Defense)

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Veterans’ groups in his hometown are handing out American flags to honor a 22-year-old Army medic killed in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon said Spc. John Dawson of the 101st Airborne Division died Wednesday when an Afghan soldier fired at a group of Americans.

Dawson grew up in the Whitinsville village of Northbridge.

Vietnam veteran Ken Trajanowski tells The Boston Globe the service groups had thousands of flags for funeral services and decided to “paint the town red, white and blue” Saturday for Dawson.support dawsons

On the street where Dawson grew up, telephone poles are decorated with yellow ribbons and yellow roses.

Northbridge Town Manager Theodore Kozak tells the Telegram & Gazette town leaders will discuss later how to formally honor Dawson, a 2010 Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School graduate who joined the Army in 2012.

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