Three Fort Lewis soldiers, including one from Bellevue, were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, the military announced Saturday.
Sgt. Titus R. Reynolds, Sgt. Edward B. Smith and Spc. Joseph V. White died when a bomb exploded near their Stryker in Omar Zai, Afghanistan. The three served with 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which has served in southeastern Afghanistan since July.
Fifteen of the brigade’s 3,900 soldiers have been killed since it deployed in July; all but one death has been the result of roadside bombs detonating near a vehicle or during a foot patrol.
White, a 21-year-old Bellevue native, had served with the Army since September 2006. After serving in North Carolina with the 82nd Airborne Division, he reported to Fort Lewis on March 10. This was his first deployment.
Smith was on his second deployment; the 30-year-old Homestead, Fla., native had previously served in Iraq with Germany-based 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. He arrived at Fort Lewis in June 2007.
Reynolds, a 23-year-old artillery specialist form Columbus, Ohio, also was on his first deployment. He joined the Army in November 2005 and had been at Fort Lewis since January 2007.
Reynolds was a talented musician who played electric guitar and bass at his church, his father told the Columbus Dispatch of Ohio. He and his wife, Nikki, had been married about 11 months.
Reynolds’ father was nervous for his son’s safety as the deployment loomed. But Rod Reynolds told the Dispatch his son reassured him he would be able to recognize dangerous situations.
“I don’t know how you can watch for roadside bombs,” his father told the newspaper.