A Green Beret from Port Angeles was among three soldiers killed by an improvised explosive Sunday in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced today.
Capt. Joseph Schultz, 36, was serving in Afghanistan’s Wardak province when the bomb struck his Humvee. Staff Sgt. Martin R. Apolinar, 28, of Glendale, Ariz. and Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo, 25, of Riverside, Calif., were killed with him.
Schultz was “just top-notch,” Bonnie Kuchler, a family friend, told the Peninsula Daily News. “Just everything about the way he talked, he held himself, it was just obvious” that he was a natural leader, she added.
The Daily News reports that a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Olympic Cellars, 255410 U.S. Highway 101. The service will be open to the public.
The soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C.