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US Special Forces soldier killed in Helmand explosion

US Special Forces soldier killed in Helmand explosion

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Aug 14, 2018 - 09:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A US Special Forces solider has died from wounds after an improvised explosive device exploded near him during a combat patrol in southern Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The Pentagon announced Monday Sgt. 1st Class Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion, 36, died on Sunday at a hospital in Germany. He was wounded an improvised explosive device blast five days ago.

Fox News quoted the Pentagon as saying that the incident was under investigation. Transfiguracion was posthumously promoted to sergeant first class, said Maj. Beth Riordan, spokeswoman for 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).

Born in the Philippines, Transfiguracion enlisted in the Hawaii National Guard in 2001. He joined the active duty in 2008, and later went through Special Forces training in North Carolina.

Transfiguracion received a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a Meritorious Service Medal as a result of his service in Afghanistan. It was the second Purple Heart he received during his military career.

He was awarded a posthumous Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal, Riordan said.

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