Four Indiana National Guardsmen Killed in Afghanistan

By: AP
By: AP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana National Guard says four soldiers with an Indiana-based National Guard unit died in Afghanistan when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

Indiana Adjutant General Martin Umbarger said Saturday the four
members of the Valparaiso-based 713th Engineer Company were
clearing roadside bombs along a supply route in southern
Afghanistan Thursday morning when their vehicle struck one of the
bombs.

A fifth soldier was injured in the blast north of Kandahar and has been airlifted to a military hospital in Germany.

The four men killed are: Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Metzger of
Indianapolis, Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt of Merrillville, Ind., Spc.
Robert J. Tauteris Jr. of Hamlet, Ind., and Spc. Christopher A.
Patterson of Aurora, Ill.

Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a statement that he's praying for the
soldiers' families.


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