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Staff Sgt. Thaddeus S. Montgomery of West Yellowstone, died of noncombat-related injuries at Lorengal Outpost in Afghanistan's mountainous Kunar Province, the Pentagon announced Friday.

The U.S. Army soldier died Wednesday. He was 29 years old and left behind a 3-year-old son.

Further details about the circumstances surrounding his death were not immediately available, according to an Army spokesman at Fort Carson, Colo. The incident is under investigation.

Montgomery was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson.

Montgomery joined the Army in March 2003 and was serving his third deployment. His first two tours were in Iraq, according to an obituary posted at

Before joining the Army, Montgomery worked at Yellowstone National Park, according to the Decatur (Tenn.) Daily.

He lived in Decatur at one point, and attended St. Ann's School and Decatur High School, according to the newspaper. One friend in Tennessee described him as popular and well liked.

"If you could have seen his smile, you'd have known why," Lucy Schrimster told the Decatur Daily.

Montgomery's remains were received at Dover Air Force Base, Del., today, according to the Associated Press.

He is survived by a 3-year-old son, Thaddeus Montgomery III, of Cullman, Tenn.; fianc/e, Erica Amora Tadeo of Malaysia; father Thaddeus Montgomery Sr., of Fairfax, Va.; and mother Debra Hays, of Florence, Ky.; sister Stephanie Montgomery, of Atlanta; and brother Dustin Border, of Madison, the Decatur newspaper also reported.

Staff Sgt. Thaddeus S. Montgomery (Photo courtesy Department of Defense)

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