Vigil held for Kettering Army Ranger killed during ISIS raid

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KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Friends gathered Wednesday in Kettering to remember Sergeant Cameron Thomas.

Sgt. Thomas was one of two soldiers killed in the ISIS raid in Afghanistan.  The 23-year-old was on his third tour when he died on April 27th.  The pentagon said the two may have been killed by friendly fire.

Thomas joined the Army right after graduating from Kettering Fairmont High School in 2012.  Friends telling 2 NEWS it was his dream to become an Army Ranger and he earned the nickname “Captain America” when he was younger.

Wednesday night friends lit candles and shared memories of the fallen soldier.  During the vigil local honor guards paid tribute to the army ranger and friends released 23 lanterns for each year of his short life.  The high school swimmer was one of 12 kids.

A “Celebration of Life” is planned for Sunday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at Polen Farm in Kettering.  His viewing will be held on May 12 and funeral May 13.

A GoFundMe page has been created to support Sgt. Thomas’s family. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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