On the day the nation remembered those who died in service to their country, the Pentagon identified the fifth soldier to be killed in Afghanistan in 10 days.
Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez, 21, of Salinas, Calif., died Saturday in the Kandahar province of southern Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, according to the Pentagon.
He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The brigade deployed to Afghanistan in April.
Hernandez is the brigade’s second fatality since it deployed in April. Pfc. Cale Miller died on Thursday.
Additional information about Hernandez wasn’t immediately available.
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