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4 Schofield soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Kristofferson B. Lorenzo Staff Sgt. Kristofferson B. Lorenzo
Pfc. William S. Blevins Pfc. William S. Blevins
Pvt. Thomas C. Allers Pvt. Thomas C. Allers
Pvt. Andrew M. Krippner Pvt. Andrew M. Krippner
Maj. David Bolender. Maj. David Bolender.

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Monday the soldiers were on combat patrol in Kunar province in Afghanistan. The Pentagon said enemy forces attacked them with an improvised explosive device.

"We do everything possible to train and equip our soldiers to do the best possible job while oversees and try to adhere to all safety concerns. But unfortunately soldiers are paying the ultimate sacrifice deployed overseas," said Army Maj. David Bolender, public affairs officer with the 25th Infantry Division.

The four are Staff. Sgt. Kristofferson Lorenzo of Chula Vista, California, Pfc. William Blevins of Sardinia, Ohio, Pvt. Andrew Krippner of Garland, Texas, and Pvt. Thomas Allers of Plainwell, Michigan.

"I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of their country, and hope that the prayers of the nation are with them during this time of mourning," Bolender said.

This was Lorenzo's third deployment and second to Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.

An article on a Michigan newspaper web site says Allers was a quiet kid who loved playing the guitar.

"Most of soldiers here who are still on the island have been to Iraq. They have been to Afghanistan," Bolender said. "They can sympathize and empathize with those who are currently down range, with the inherent dangers involved with combat operations there."

The soldiers were part of the Wolfhound Battalion.

They deployed out of Schofield in April to start a tour of duty that ends next May.

Their Lieutenant Colonel posted a letter on the Wolfhound Facebook page, saying a fifth soldier was wounded in attack. The note said the fallen soldiers were honored at a memorial service before their bodies were loaded onto helicopters for the final trip home.

"The soldiers assigned to the Tropic Lightning Division, we're all brothers and sisters. And we take the loss of these great Tropic Lightning soldiers personally. They're not forgotten," Bolender said.

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