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JBLM Stryker sergeant dies from wounds suffered in Afghanistan IED blast

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Aug. 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
August 23, 2012 5:27 pm

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker sergeant died Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas from wounds he suffered earlier this month when he struck a homemade bomb in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province, the Defense Department announced tonight.

Sgt. Louis Torres, 23, of Oberlin, Ohio was serving on his second deployment with Lewis-McChord’s 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. He joined the Army in June 2008 and served with the 3rd Brigade in Iraq from August 2009 to June 2010.

On this tour, Torres served under a unit that trained specifically to work with Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan. He belongs to the brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, a roughly 700-soldier group that was assigned to assist Special Operators in several provinces across southern Afghanistan.

Twenty-four Lewis-McChord soldiers have died in Afghanistan this year. Torres was wounded on Aug. 6.

San Antonio is the home of the Brooke Army Medical Center, a hospital equipped to deliver advanced care for burn victims and amputees.

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