It seems that yesterday’s news that there had been no troop losses in Afghanistan for a month came just a bit too soon. This morning the Department of Defense announced the death of two Army Soldiers who died, July 24, 2014, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Killed in the fight were Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb., and Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif. There was no information regarding other Soldiers who might have been injured in this attack.
The Soldiers were in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. They were both assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
For additional information on these Soldiers, including previous deployments and commendations, media sources may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office during duty hours at 719-526-4143/7525 or after duty hours at 719-526-5500.
Prior to today's Pentagon’s release, the last reported combat loss was that of Marine Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, who lost his life in Helmand Province on June 25. Sgt. Spitzer was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
Sgt. Spitzer’s death followed the deaths of three Marine combat engineers from Camp Lejeune, N.C., who died on June 20, when they were hit by an improvised explosive device.
Killed in that incident were Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Va., assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Also killed in the fight that day was 19 year-old, Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant of Peterborough, N.H. He, too, was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, a fellow combat engineer in the same unit, also died that day. He was from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
A military working dog lost his life along with his Marines on June 20.