US Special Forces Staff Sergeant Martin R. Apolinar, aged 28, was killed in Wardak province, Afghanistan on 29th May 2011 from injuries sustained by a bomb blast.
SSgt. Apolinar, from Glendale, Arizona, served with the 3rd Special Forces Group, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
SSgt. Apolinar served previously in Iraq and holds a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart among other decorations. He leaves his wife Elisa, son Martin and parents Gene and Susan.