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.
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.
Filed under: Afghanistan, Military families, U.S. Army | Tagged: Army Specialist Clarence Williams III, Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, Dover Air Force Base, Improvised Explosive Device, killed in action, Operation Enduring Freedom, Wardak Province |