Los Angeles soldier killed in Afghanistan
Army Specialist Rudolph R. Hizon, 21, of Los Angeles, was killed Monday when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Logar province.
Hizon was an infantryman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, at Ft. Polk in Louisiana.
He enlisted with the U.S. Army in January 2009 and, after completing training at Ft. Benning in Georgia, was stationed to Ft. Polk in November 2009.
Hizon deployed to Afghanistan with his unit in October 2010.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct 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 NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Hizon is survived by his mother, father and brother, according to Ft. Polk officials.
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Photo credit: Ft. Polk