Oklahoma Army National Guard Spc. Joshua M. Seals, age 21, from Porter, Oklahoma died on 16th August 2011 from a non-combat related incident in Paktia province.
Spc. Seals was a machine gunner serving with the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This was the first deployment for Spc. Seals who joined the Guard three years ago to become a truck driver. He is the eighth Oklahoma National Guard soldier to die in Afghanistan in the past three weeks.