Kassin remembered in Louisiana service

By The Associated Press

FORT POLK, La. — Family members wearing T-shirts with pictures on the backs of a soldier killed in Afghanistan who had ties to Clovis attended a memorial service for him at Fort Polk’s main chapel.

Sgt. Robert P. Kassin, 29, was serving as part of Task Force Warrior in the southern Afghanistan region. He died Sunday, July 16, near Larzab in Afghanistan’s Zabul Province, of injuries sustained when his platoon was attacked by small arms fire while on patrol.

Sgt. 1st Class Delmer Long praised Kassin at Thursday’s memorial, saying that he showed in his daily life the Warrior ethos.

Delmer also read e-mails that he had received from Kassin’s fellow soldiers who are still in Afghanistan.

Kassin was the oldest child and only son of Robert Joseph and Lucia Kassin of Clovis.

He was married in February and he had a 7-year-old son in Mississippi and two step-daughters who live with his wife, Judy, in Alabama.

Kassin came to Clovis in 1990 when his father was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. He joined the Army in September 1996 and was assigned to Fort Polk in December.