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Three Fort Bragg-based soldiers die in Afghanistan

Posted September 17, 2009
Updated September 18, 2009

— Three Special Forces soldiers were killed Wednesday in Afghanistan after enemy forces attacked their vehicle, the Army announced late Thursday.

The Defense Department statement identified the soldiers as Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Mills, 24, of El Paso, Texas; Sgt. 1st Class Bradley S. Bohle, 29, of Glen Burnie, Md.; and Sgt. 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey, 33, of Peachtree City, Ga.

All three were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.

The military said they died Wednesday in Helmand province when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

The Defense Department reported 969 IED attacks in Afghanistan in August, killing 54 coalition troops. Last August, there were 217 IED attacks that killed 25 troops, officials said.

More than 200 soldiers from Fort Bragg, including 97 Special Forces troops, have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

No date has been set for the memorial service on post for Mills, Bohle and McCloskey.


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  • Ral_Ladybug Sep 18, 2009

    I was a friend of Brad Bohle, way back from high school. He joined the Army and I moved away from MD, and a few years ago, we found ourselves living just a few miles from each other again. He was a wonderful guy, and a great friend. I will always consider him a HERO. He leaves behind three adorable girls. Brad, we love you and will miss you. Please keep watch over us.

  • 3stoogesfan Sep 18, 2009

    It breaks my heart everytime I hear of losing one of our own in these hostile territories. My thoughts and prayers go to the family of these brave soldiers.

  • Worland Sep 18, 2009

    I am so grateful for the current generation of Soldiers/Sailors/Marines/Airmen. They are fighting a difficult war on a shoe string budget. The new Rules of Engagement has definitely tied their hands and makes a dangerous profession much more hazardous. Tonight, I shall thank The Maker such men lived.

  • rushbot Sep 18, 2009

    I honor their service and mourn their loss. It is tough in Afghanistan; the bad guys have had 8 years to develop and hone their craft in roadside bomb making. We can't use our up-armored vehicles and MRAPs over there like we can in Iraq because they are too heavy for the roads in Afghanistan. We can't use helicopters for air-mobile because we have pretty much shot the fleet operating in Iraq, and the high altitude environs of Afghanistan are a challenge for rotary wing aircraft. We need to get many more Predators operating there and be much more ruthless in our rules of engagement.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Sep 18, 2009

    RIP... be comforted that the lack of response via comments does not mean your sacrifice goes unnoticed... it's just not about race or pit bulls so no one will comment on it but hopefully they do care.