Six Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Arrive at Dover AFB

An Army carry team transfers the remains of Spc. Clarence Williams III into a vehicle July 12, 2012 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

It was pointed out in a comment on my Wednesday blog post that I did not share the names of all six fallen warriors killed Sunday by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. That is because I did not have all the names.

I only learned of the two Tampa Bay area soldiers killed from local reports after the families came forward.

The Department of Defense had not yet officially released the names. That’s not uncommon as it takes time to officially notify all family members.

The official announcement came Thursday afternoon:

The Department of Defense announced today the death of six soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died July 8, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, with an improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, 31, of Tampa, Fla.,

Spc. Erica P. Alecksen, 21, of Eatonton, Ga.,

Spc. Clarence Williams III, 23, of Brooksville, Fla.,

Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins, 21, of Spring Lake, N.C.,

Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo, 21, of Porterville, Calif., and

Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh, 20, of Spring Grove, Pa.

There are no words that can comfort the families, friends and communities who have lost these men. But, as a community we can permanently note their names and honor their lives and sacrifice.

All six soldiers’ remains were returned Thursday to Dover Air Force Base.

A memorial service for Brooksville soldier Army Spc. Clarence Williams III is planned Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Boulevard,  Brooksville, FL.


6 Responses

  1. My condolences and my prayers are for you, budies, and loved ones of alls the fallens arrived at Dover AFB. They are not death, but living the second phase of live: the eternity. They are now on the arms of The Father where no light of sun or lamp need, as God ligth them.
    We all are flowers on the garden of God.they now are near him and have happyness. Our fauth done us this certainity a the serenity that, time by time, will invade our hearts. Claudio Alpaca

  2. Thank you for honoring these fallen heroes. Erica is my cousin.

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