US Army Specialist Joseph VanDreumel, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was killed in Paktika province when a bomb exploded during a vehicle recovery operation he was involved with.
32-year-old Spc. VanDreumel, served with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, based at Grafenwoehr, Germany. He joined the Army in 2010 and deployed to Afghanistan six weeks ago.
Spc. VanDreumel leaves behind his wife, Sarah, his 8-year old son Skyler and 10-year old daughter Angel.