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Sep 2, 2010 1:08 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Army: Chaplain is 1st killed in action since 1970

The Fort Carson chaplain killed by an IED in Afghanistan earlier this week was the first Army chaplain to die in the line of duty since 1970.

Capt. Dale Goetz of the 4th Infantry Division was among five soldiers killed by an improvised bomb on Monday. A spokesman for the chief of chaplains says Goetz was the first Army chaplain killed in combat since October 1970, in the Vietnam War.

It wasn't immediately clear whether any Air Force, Marine or Navy chaplains have been killed in action since then.

Goetz listed his hometown as White, S.D., and served as a pastor at First Baptist Church there. He joined the Army in 2000 and previously deployed to Iraq in 2004.

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