Fort Polk soldier dies in Afghanistan Fort Polk soldier dies in Afghanistan Advocate story Dec. 11, 2013 Comments RALEIGH, N.C. — A soldier from North Carolina has died in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said Sunday that Sgt. William D. Brown III, 44, of Franklin, N.C., died Sept. 19, in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, from a noncombat incident. No other details were released. The Defense Department said Brown was assigned to the 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based in Fort Polk, La.