Four soldiers from an Indiana-based National Guard unit were killed in Afghanistan and a fifth was injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb as they were working to clear a supply route, Guard officials said Saturday.
Indiana Adjutant General Martin Umbarger said the four members of the Valparaiso-based 713th Engineer Company died Thursday morning in southern Afghanistan. He said all of the men were combat engineers who specialized in clearing major supply routes.
The blast occurred as their vehicle traveled along a road, scouting for signs of roadside bombs and other potential problems convoys might encounter, Umbarger said.
The four men killed were identified as: Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Metzger, Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt, Spc. Robert J. Tauteris Jr., and Spc. Christopher A. Patterson