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Three 10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan


 Three Soldiers assigned to 10th Mountain Division (LI) were killed separate incidents while serving in Afghanistan.

 

A 4th Brigade Combat Team Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, La., was killed April 28, in Wardak Province when his unit came under attack with small-arms fire.

Staff Sgt. Matthew D. Hermanson, 22 of Appleton, Wis., served as an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment.

Hermanson joined the U.S. Army in March 2007. After he completed training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was stationed at Fort Polk in December 2007. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2007 to January 2009. Hermanson deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Air Assault Badge.

Hermanson had completed the Warrior Leadership and the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade courses.

He is survived by his wife, mother and father.

 

A 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldier died April 28 in Kandahar from wounds he suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Spc. Preston J. Dennis, 23, of Redding, Calif., served as an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment.

Dennis joined the Army in August 2008. After he completed training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to Fort Carson, Colo. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in June 2009 to May 2010.

He was subsequently stationed at Fort Drum in September 2010. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in March.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge.

He is survived by his wife, mother and father.

 

A 4th Brigade Combat Team Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, La., was killed April 27 in Wardak Province when his unit came under attack with small-arms fire.

Pfc. Jonathan M. Villanueva, 19, of Jacksonville, Fla., served as an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

Villanueva joined the U.S. Army in April 2010. After he completed training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was stationed at Fort Polk in October. He deployed with his unit in October in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge.

He is survived by his mother and father.

 

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