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Three Fort Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Posted May 9, 2012

— Three paratroopers from Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division were killed in an explosion Monday in Afghanistan, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

Sgt. Jacob M. Schwallie, 22, Spc. Chase S. Marta, 24, and Pfc. Dustin D. Gross, 19, -- all with the 1st Brigade Combat Team – died from blast-related injuries they received when a roadside bomb struck their military while they were on a patrol in southern Ghazni Province.

Schwallie was an assistant team leader with Company C, 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, and a native of Clarksville, Tenn. Marta, of Chico, Calif., and Gross, of Jeffersonville, Ky., were scouts for the same unit.

Each paratrooper was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

As of Tuesday, at least 1,834 members of the U.S. military had died in the country as a result of the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001, according to the Associated Press. At least 1,526 of those deaths were the results of hostile action, according to the military.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 15,858 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.


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  • La Mangosta Negra May 10, 2012

    Peace to my Brothers of the Silk, your sacrifice was not be forgotten! Airborne All The Way!

  • unclebear83 May 9, 2012

    To the families of these fallen soldiers, my deepest sympathies. And I thank those for being willing to defend our nation from whatever threats may be out beyond our borders.

  • mustysteer May 9, 2012

    Gee, Relic... how inappropriate. There's a time and place for everything - this is neither of them. Get over yourself.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these fallen heroes. Well said, SmokeWagon and gagal.

  • greywolf30 May 9, 2012

    Rest in peace soliders!! Thank each of you for your service to your country

  • nina28358 May 9, 2012

    So sad. My prayers and thoughts are with their families.

  • gagal May 9, 2012

    All 3 are Hero's.........Rest easy. We will take the watch

  • SmokeWagon May 9, 2012

    At ease brave soldier...you are safe now.

  • Relic May 9, 2012

    Did the President mention this today? Oh, no...that's right... he was too busy joining all the liberals ganging up on the 61% of people in NC that voted their conscience. Silly me.

  • Worland May 9, 2012

    The AP's numbers are about 130 low. They don't count our troops killed over the border in Pakistan and those who later died of their wounds. Our actual KIA's are 1967... with 1337 of those having died in the surge.

  • xchief661 May 9, 2012

    My heart breaks every time I hear something like this. It is so hard to think of the lives that have been lost and the families of those young men who have died. May God give you peace and comfort. Lord please look after my son in law who is still there.