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Posted: 1/7/2012 6:14:04 PM EDT
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/national_world&id=8494727



INDIANAPOLIS –– Four soldiers with 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 of the improvised bombs, 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 as the move supplies in the decade-long war in Afghanistan, Umbarger said.

"Their mission is to keep the major supply routes clear of all obstacles for the convoys. And what that means is they're the first ones to go out to make sure the route can be used, so it's a very important missionbut it's also extremely dangerous," he told The Associated Press.

The four men killed were identified as: Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Metzger, 32, of Indianapolis, Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt, 21, of Merrillville, Ind., Spc. Robert J. Tauteris Jr., 44, of Hamlet, Ind., and Spc. Christopher A. Patterson, 20, of Aurora, Ill.

A fifth soldier injured in the blast, Pvt. Douglas Rachowicz, 29, of Hammond, Ind., was initially treated at a military base hospital in Kandahar before being airlifted to the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, Umbarger said.
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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:17:35 PM EDT
this wont stop no matter what.



so much for peace
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:17:35 PM EDT
If they were doing RCP, then that had to be a huge IED. The truck used are quite resistant.



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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:18:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:18:11 PM EDT
Route clearance is one of the most dangerous missions in Afghanistan, yet, few even know about it. Honor to these soldiers.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:19:20 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:21:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:22:08 PM EDT
Bring them home, there isn't shit over there that's worth one more American life.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:25:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Another_Dude:
Bring them home, there isn't shit over there that's worth one more American life.

Amen
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:27:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jame_Retief:
If they were doing RCP, then that had to be a huge IED. The truck used are quite resistant.



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I heard about that tonight coming home from drill and thought the same thing. Thank God we never hit anything big enough to do much more than flip the rollers
and front clip off.

Godspeed to those guys.

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:30:02 PM EDT
How many servicemen are KIA from IEDs?...I'd guess most...

We should have gone after them all out, screw the Packies or any other PC crap & diplomatic jive.It IS a world war after all...
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:30:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 9mmRandy:


Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:32:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 9mmRandy:


Man. Fucking dusty.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:34:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:35:07 PM EDT
Rest in Peace, Brothers.

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:35:33 PM EDT
RIP soldiers. It is very dusty in here.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:35:51 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:37:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ByNameRequest:


Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:40:32 PM EDT
Route clearance is hell on earth. My prayers go out to the families. Not a task for the faint at heart, these are the unsung heroes of this war.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:49:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:51:35 PM EDT
prayers to their families...and something over their needs to be leveled
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:51:36 PM EDT
Route Clearance sucks in so many ways. My prayers go out to the families of the fallen.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:53:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:55:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Treadhead:

Originally Posted By Jame_Retief:
If they were doing RCP, then that had to be a huge IED. The truck used are quite resistant.



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I heard about that tonight coming home from drill and thought the same thing. Thank God we never hit anything big enough to do much more than flip the rollers
and front clip off.

Godspeed to those guys.



The men in my signature were killed when their RG31 was destroyed; it broke into 4 parts and the engine was found 300 meters away from the blast.

RIP IED hunters.



Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:57:01 PM EDT
Just the next county over.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 6:58:56 PM EDT
and

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 7:28:54 PM EDT
RIP Soldiers

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 7:42:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CrazedCat:
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/national_world&id=8494727



INDIANAPOLIS –– Four soldiers with 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 of the improvised bombs, 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 as the move supplies in the decade-long war in Afghanistan, Umbarger said.

"Their mission is to keep the major supply routes clear of all obstacles for the convoys. And what that means is they're the first ones to go out to make sure the route can be used, so it's a very important missionbut it's also extremely dangerous," he told The Associated Press.

The four men killed were identified as: Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Metzger, 32, of Indianapolis, Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt, 21, of Merrillville, Ind., Spc. Robert J. Tauteris Jr., 44, of Hamlet, Ind., and Spc. Christopher A. Patterson, 20, of Aurora, Ill.

A fifth soldier injured in the blast, Pvt. Douglas Rachowicz, 29, of Hammond, Ind., was initially treated at a military base hospital in Kandahar before being airlifted to the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, Umbarger said.


He was from my home town. R.I.P. battle.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 7:45:33 PM EDT
Prayers to family, friends, soldiers on the line.




Bradley Manning and friends
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 7:57:11 PM EDT
see. You on the REORG
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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 8:14:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By alphajaguars:
Rest in Peace, Brothers.



+1
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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 8:19:37 PM EDT
RIP and thank you for your sacrifice.

Prayers to the families.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 8:31:03 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 8:46:09 PM EDT
My Son got back last year. Was doing the same thing. They lost one man. He found alot of IEDS. The ROE sucks over there. We got Bin Laden. Afganistan is backwards and want to be that way. Time to get out.
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RIP my Hoosier brothers.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 8:56:13 PM EDT
RIP
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 8:57:21 PM EDT
My Cousin just got back a few weeks ago and does that same job.
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Link Posted: 1/8/2012 2:51:03 AM EDT
when i heard about it was on my news nothing was showing on cnn or msnbc or fox at the time.

sucks we keep losing good men.

something needs to be leveled over there or changed to make the soldiers and marines jobs easier to do.

Link Posted: 1/8/2012 3:37:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/8/2012 4:04:25 AM EDT by Castillo]
RIP Sappers

Essayons!

Link Posted: 1/8/2012 3:54:14 AM EDT
Rest in peace.
Link Posted: 1/8/2012 3:57:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/8/2012 3:58:43 AM EDT by Zenvo]
RIP

I'm all for kickin ass but that place is a lost cause. If anything just bomb em, they cant put IEDs in the sky.

I understand there are some good people over there. We got OBL. Let them do their thing.
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