New England's War Dead: Afghanistan
Specialist Richard C. Emmons III, 22, North Granby, Conn.
Emmons, 22, graduated in 2006 from Granby Memorial High School and in 2009 from the Porter and Chester Institute in Enfield, Conn. He enlisted in the US Army in 2009, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, among other medals, and was assigned to the Second Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, out of Fort Polk, La. He died May 31, 2011, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, after enemy forces attacked his unit with rocked-propelled grenades.