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Four Fort Bragg soldiers die in Afghanistan

Posted July 1, 2008 6:32 a.m. EDT
Updated July 1, 2008 6:35 p.m. EDT

— 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.