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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:38

Soldier originally from Michigan dies at Fort Benning

(VASSAR) -- Officials say a 31-year-old soldier originally from Michigan who was deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan has died at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Schlereth of Opelika, Alaska, died suddenly of natural causes November 27 at the base. Details weren't immediately available. Schlereth was born in Saginaw and previously lived in Vassar. He was a 1999 graduate of Vassar High School and joined the Army afterward. Schlereth was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for most of his career. He more recently was stationed at Fort Benning as a reconnaissance course instructor. Schlereth had received two bronze stars, among other honors. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, and son, Caleb.