Two California soldiers killed by bombs in Afghanistan
Army Spc. Michael A. Dahl Jr., 23, of Moreno Valley was killed Oct. 17 when a car bomb was detonated near his vehicle in Arghandab in southwest Afghanistan's Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border. He was on his second deployment and had previously served in Iraq, according to officials at Ft. Lewis, Wash., where he was based.
Army Spc. Kyle A. Coumas, 22, of Lockeford, Calif., was killed Oct. 21 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in southwest Afghanistan's Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border.
Both men were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis.
Eighteen soldiers from the brigade have been killed since July, when the brigade deployed to Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press.
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Since late 2001, The Times has chronicled the lives of military personnel who have died while serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their stories, photos, personal websites and additional material have been collected in the database and readers are invited to leave memories of their loved ones and colleagues.
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"I went to high school with Fernando & although we only talked casually, I will always remember the day I read in the newspaper of his death. To this day, I think about him and the rest of the men & women from Bloomington High school who have dedicated their lives to supporting this country. I condemn the actions of the U.S. military waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I do support and respect the soldiers who are trying to do good in what is left of the mess made by the destruction of war. Que dios siempre esta con ellos. May the Tamayo family one day find themselves at peace in the remembrance of Fernando."
—Garcia, posted today on Marine Lance Cpl. Fernando Tamayo, 19, of Fontana, who was among four troops killed Dec. 21, 2007, when a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee in Iraq's Anbar province, west of Baghdad.
"Dear Ochoa Family-
I am sitting here in tears at the loss of your beloved son. My son LCpl. Alex Minsky was one of the first to be critically injured from the 2/3, June 1st, when they first deployed. He is recovering and I am thankful. I can never say that I can imagine how you feel, because I can not, even watching my son at death;s door. After spending these past months in many military hospitals and with Marines, I know his brothers will never forget him, and we shall not either. I will pray for your families' strength and thank your family for your son's desire to be a Marine. I was there when they graduated, as they went to boot camp together. We honor your son's service."
—Jackie Minsky, posted Tuesday on Marine Lance Cpl. Alfonso Ochoa, Jr., 20, of Armona, Calif., who was killed in combat Oct. 10 in western Afghanistan's Farah province, on the Iranian border
"Flo, I’ll surely miss you and I will never forget you. I heard the news today. It struck me like a bad joke because I just talked to you 2 weeks ago while you were on leave. I remember we were reminiscing our days when we were stuck inside the ship. Keep an eye on us flo. Rest in peace kosa."
—Brian P., posted Wednesday on Army Spc. Jesus O. Flores Jr., 28, of La Mirada, who was one of four soldiers killed Oct. 15 when insurgents attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device in southwest Aghanistan's Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border