Sgt. 1st Class Donald A. Dugan On Feb. 3, 1996 Donald Dugan became America's first casualty in the U.S. peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. Initial reports said Dugan died in a land mine explosion, but U.S. authorities later said he was killed when he picked up a round of ammunition which exploded in his hands. Sgt. Dugan's home town is Ridgeway, Ohio, about 60 miles northeast of Dayton.Dugan, who was 28 when he died, was a 1975 graduate of Ridgemont High School. He grew up in rural areas near Ridgeway, the youngest of six children. His father, Donald, died when he was an infant.He was married in 1975 and had two children with his first wife, Betty, before they divorced in 1983. The children, Lisa and Donald, were ages 19 and 15 at the time of their father's death. Dugan's ex-wife and children live in Ridgeway.On Feb. 9, 1996 Dugan's body was brought back to Ohio on a commercial jet which landed at Dayton International Airport. The body was taken to Dugan's birthplace, Kenton, which is near Ridgeway.
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