26-year-old 10th Mountain Division Sergeant Edward J. Frank II was one of five soldiers killed in action on 11th August 2011 when a roadside bomb detonated near their patrol vehicle. The incident occurred in Kandahar province.
Sgt. Frank, from Yonkers, New York, served with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, based at Fort Drum, New York. He joined the Army nearly six years ago and had deployed twice to Iraq. He deployed to Afghanistan in March this year.
Close friend of Sgt. Frank and his family, Rosemary Alvarez, told local news reporters that Frank had been due to return home the day before he died. He delayed his departure in order to volunteer for one last mission.
Sgt. Frank leaves his wife Selena, their daughter and two sons.