Year in Review: Soldiers die in line of duty

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks: Army Honor Guard members fold a flag from the coffin of Sgt. Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. outside the Scared Heart Church. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, was seving his second tour in Iraq. CNJ staff Two U.S. Army soldiers with Clovis ties were killed during a three-week span while […]

Kassin remembered in Louisiana service

By The Associated Press FORT POLK, La. — Family members wearing T-shirts with pictures on the backs of a soldier killed in Afghanistan who had ties to Clovis attended a memorial service for him at Fort Polk’s main chapel. Sgt. Robert P. Kassin, 29, was serving as part of Task Force Warrior in the southern […]

Clovis remembers fallen hero

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Robert and Lucia Kassin are presented with a US flag during a memorial service Sunday for their son, Robert Paul Kassin, at Highland Baptist Church. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Their white-gloved fingers slid the length of the flag before them, creasing it along the stripes. As the fabric was snapped and pulled by […]

Flags to fly at half-staff

CNJ Staff Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. today at Highland Baptist Church. Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff Monday and Tuesday to honor Clovis Infantryman Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, according to a news release from the governor. Kassin, 29, died July 16 while serving his second tour […]

City set to remember soldier

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksAl Beaulieu of Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City in Clovis uses the store marquee to honor Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, who died Sunday while serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Kassin was a friend of the family. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. […]

Services set for soldier

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis family of a soldier slain in combat in Afghanistan has planned a local memorial service Sunday. Full military honors for Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, including a flag presentation to the family and a 21-gun salute, will be provided by the Cannon Honor Guard, according to Cannon Air […]

Soldier remembered

Memories of U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin: • Bethaney Beach said her brother was a music and sports lover. She said he enjoyed singing along with the radio and often said he would be Kenny Rogers or Garth Brooks if given the chance. • Beach recalled a teenage Kassin who coaxed his friends into […]

Kassin was giving, caring

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer She was working for a loan company near Fort Benning, Ga. He was a soldier who came in to make regular payments. And then he started coming in to purchase money orders. And then just to buy stamps. Pretty soon, she suspected he was inventing reasons to see her. […]

Clovis soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Courtesy photo Robert Paul Kassin, 29, of Clovis was killed Sunday in Afghanistan when his unit came under fire, according to the Army. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis soldier killed Sunday in Afghanistan was helping to rebuild communities in the war-torn country, his father said. Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, 29, died near […]