JBLM soldier killed by IED in Afghanistan

JBLM soldier killed by IED in Afghanistan

Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

FORT LEWIS, WASHINGTON - MARCH 12: Cars sit at the Madigan Gate at the Joint Base Lewis McChord March 12, 2012 in Fort Lewis, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 29 at 6:58 AM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- A 21-year-old soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been killed in an attack in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense said Monday that Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez, of Salinas, Calif., died Saturday in the Kandahar province when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Hernandez was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division at Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle.

The base did not immediately have additional information about Hernandez on Monday.

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