COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Federal officials say two Kansas-based soldiers from South Carolina and Arkansas have been killed in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense said Sunday that 24-year-old Sgt. Channing B. Hicks of Greer and 23-year-old Spc. Joseph A. Richardson of Booneville, Ark., died Friday in Paktika province.
Richardson was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.
The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Officials say the men died from injuries they suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.
Statement from U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott:
"Specialist Joseph A. Richardson was a true American hero - giving his life in service to our great country. His bravery, dedication and patriotism exemplified what it means to be an American soldier and I am eternally grateful for his selfless sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, parents and the rest of his many family and friends during this very difficult time. We must never forget that our service members often put themselves in harm's way, and too many, like Specialist Joseph A. Richardson, die in service to our country. We must always thank all of our active duty service members and veterans for what they do and have done, and never forget those, like Specialist Joseph A. Richardson, who have died serving this country."
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