PLEASANTON (CBS SF) – A 23-year-old Pleasanton resident working as an army medic was killed by gunfire in Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Army Specialist Jameson Lindskog was shot when enemy forces attacked his unit in Afghanistan’s Konar Province. Two other soldiers in his unit were also killed. He was coming to the aid of a wounded soldier.

Lindskog joined the army in 2008.

He received the Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

KCBS’ Melissa Culross Reports:

His father, Curtis Lindskog, lives in Livermore, and his mother, Donna Walker, lives in Pleasanton.

Lindskog was a licensed massage therapist who wanted to do more to help people, so he enlisted in the Army, and trained as a medic.

Jo Ann Hall with the city of Pleasanton said the 23-year-old will be honored when his body arrives home, which is expected to happen next week.

“At the request of his family city flags are going to be lowered at all city facilities for three days upon the arrival of his remains,” said Hall. “That will be at city hall, the police station, the library, the senior center – all of the public facilities in town.”

Hall said Lindskog’s death is a sad first for Pleasanton.

“To our knowledge, he is the first soldier in recent history that has been killed in the line of duty,” said Hall.

Curtis Lindskog, Jameson’s father, calls his son the love of his life and says that the younger Lindskog thrived in basic training after joining the Army.

A memorial service will also be held in Afghanistan.

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Comments (3)
  1. Ravindra Sunku says:

    Sad to hear a hometown hero sacrifice his life. Our heartfelt condolences to the Lindskog family

  2. Susan Constable says:

    My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

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