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Four Fort Bragg soldiers die in Afghanistan

Posted July 1, 2008

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— Four soldiers from Fort Bragg died in two separate incidents in Afghanistan in recent days, according to U.S. Army officials.

Staff Sgt. Travis K. Hunsberger, 24, died on June 27 when he struck a pressure-plated improvised explosive device during a dismounted deliberate route clearance as part of the patrol in Lamay, Afghanistan.

He is survived by his wife, Hannah, of Fayetteville.

"You are my hero and I love you more than life and will miss you terribly. Thank you for being so amazing. I couldn't be more proud of you and I couldn't have asked for a better husband and best friend,” Hannah Hunsberger wrote on her Facebook.com page.

Three Army Special Forces soldiers died on June 28 from a non-battle incident. They died from drowning after their vehicle, an RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicle, rolled into a river bed while conducting a patrol also in Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Shawn E. Simmons, 39, of Ashland, Mass., was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha team sergeant. He is survived by his wife, Tricia, daughter, Erin and son, Justin, of Hope Mills.

Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey M. Radamorales, 32, of Naranjito, Puerto Rico, was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha senior medical sergeant. He is survived by his wife, Amanda, stepson, Andrew and daughter, Jessica, of Fayetteville.

Sgt. James M. Treber, 24, of San Diego, Calif., was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha weapons sergeant. He is survived by his wife, Tamila, of Aberdeen. Treber was on his first deployment overseas since joining the Army three years ago.

The incident is under investigation.

All four soldiers were in Special Forces and Green Berets.

For the past two months, more soldiers have died in Afghanistan than Iraq.

June was the deadliest month in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. Last month 28 Americans were killed.

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  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 1, 2008

    WE NEED TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW!!!!

    MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. MAY THE LORD BRING THEM COMFORT LET THEM KNOW HE IS RIGHT THERE WITH THEM. CALL ON HIM AND HE WILL HEAR. LEAN ON HIM FOR YOUR STRENGTH AND HE WILL SEE YOU THROUGH. CONTINUE TO TRUST IN THE LORD AND HOLD ON TO HIS UN-CHANGING HANDS.

  • letsroll65 Jul 1, 2008

    Two of these guys are/were my husbands good friends.He did a bible study with Msgt Simmons. Rad was with my husband last deployment.He knew Hunsberger and thought he was a great guy. He hadnt had a chance to meet Treber.Alan (my husband)will be on the funeral detail.Dd and I will go to the memorial.

  • wildervb Jul 1, 2008

    I wish we had never diverted our troops and resources to Iraq, we should have finished the job in Afganistan first.

  • Jake Wildstar Jul 1, 2008

    Go easy bro's.

  • Trivr Jul 1, 2008

    Afghanistan is a real eye opener for those who were so concerned about our reputation among France and Germany and others over the Iraq war. It appears the location of our war on terror - IRAQ - was just an excuse and they never intended to contribute and live up to their nato obligations. Here's an interesting link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=ac8CsntO2nOI&refer=canada

    We have spent countless trillions of taxpayer dollars defending the free world from threats and now when we ask for help in Afghanistan, France and Germany are largely no-shows. Pretty telling.

  • The Fox Jul 1, 2008

    Many more service people dying from accidents, crime, motor vehicles, in the US but you usually don't hear about these totals on a National level. Go to the DOD web site.

  • GODs Feisty Redneck Diva Jul 1, 2008

    God bless these families and thank you to these heroes!

  • Fiddlemom Jul 1, 2008

    Will it ever end?

  • Dayum Sessy Jul 1, 2008

    I ALWAYS ALWAYS hate to hear this.

    May God bless ALL our heroes.

    Afganistan casualties are higher then Iraq~

  • Trivr Jul 1, 2008

    Unfortunately I think our casualties there will continue to rise. Afghanistan is a mess partly because of our incompetent, unwilling nato allies.