US Army Specialist Kevin J. Hilaman, from Albany, California, was killed in action on 26th June 2011 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, during a battle with enemy forces who attacked his unit with small arms fire.
Spc. Hilaman, age 28, served with the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based in Hawaii.Spc. Hilaman joined the Army in March 2003. He had previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan. This was his third overseas deployment. He holds the Bronze Star and Purple Heart among other awards.