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Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted April 30, 2012
Updated May 1, 2012

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— A Fort Bragg soldier was killed Saturday by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Monday.

Pfc. Christian R. Sannicolas, 20, of Fullerton, Calif., died in the southern Ghanzi province after his patrol vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the a forward operating base's medical center.

Sannicolas served as a rifleman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

Sannicolas joined the Army in January 2011 and deployed overseas for the first time last June.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge. His other decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Parachutist Badge.

Sannicolas is survived by his mother, Deanna Howard, of Fullerton, Calif.

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  • realcloak May 1, 2012

    "Joined in January 2011 and shipped off to Afghanistan the following June? " - sillywabbitthepatriot

    Yes, sillywabbit. For those of you who don't know, that's we called a 'hard start' when I was in the Army, where basically, you graduate from basic and go straight to a 'hot zone'. Granted that was 14 years ago since I got out, but as a recruit, you kind of knew that was an expectation with a combat MOS, from series 11-19.

    Poor kid, and thats what this 'high-speed' hero was. A kid. 11B Infantry. Eleven bang bang makes rank at lightning speed, but dear God, at what risk. General MacArthur once said, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away".

    God speed as you return to 'the essence' private.

  • lorivhoward2 May 1, 2012

    Thank you for your service and rest peacefully... God Bless his family~

  • jssccraft2011 May 1, 2012

    my prayers are with him i just hope and pray my husband makes it home safe

  • m121755 May 1, 2012

    So sad for the family of this young man. When are we going to quit sending these boys over there??? Why can't we seem to do what we need to do and bring them home. Prayres are with the rest of his company for a safe return.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun May 1, 2012

    This is sad

  • Worland May 1, 2012

    More than 1327 US troops killed in the surge. A 550% annual increase in casualties compared to the first 8 years of the war.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot May 1, 2012

    Joined in January 2011 and shipped off to Afghanistan the following June?

    Don't we have enough seasoned soldiers to send to Afghanistan?

    RIP Pfc. Sannicolis. Thank you for your sacrifice.

  • mustysteer May 1, 2012

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this fallen soldier.

  • halfpint1552 May 1, 2012

    Poor kid. Not old enough to order a beer and yet he lost his life for our country. My prayers are with his family.

  • granville93 Apr 30, 2012

    and the beat goes on.