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May 8, 2012

Release Number: 1205-01

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Fort Drum Public Affairs

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Press Release

Release Nr. 1205-01

May 8, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two Fort Drum Soldiers with the 630th Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion were killed in Logar Province, Afghanistan, Wednesday May 2 of wounds sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

 

----Killed is 2nd Lieutenant David E. Rylander, age 23, of Stow, Ohio.  He was an Engineer Officer.

 

Rylander joined the Army in May 2011. After graduation from West Point, NY, he arrived at Fort Drum in November 2011. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2012.

 

Rylander's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutists Badge. He completed the Small Arms Weapons and Airborne courses.

 

Rylander is survived by his mother, father, two brothers and  sister.

 

----Killed is Specialist Junot Mevs Legrand Cochilus, age 34, of Charlotte, NC. He was a Combat Engineer.

 

Cochilus joined the Army in March 2010. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, he arrived at Fort Drum in July 2011 and deployed with his unit in October 2011.

 

Cochilus's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Badge. He completed the Combat Life Savers course.

 

Cochilus is survived by his wife, child, mother, father and brother.



Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-778-5759 or email

webster.wright@us.army.mil.


 
 



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