Learn the Names of the Three Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

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See their faces. Learn their names. Honor them, and give thanks for their sacrifice.

The Pentagon identified the three soldiers killed in Afghanistan, all of whom belonged to the 101st Airborne Division and were all in their 20's.

On Saturday, the soldiers were shot during an attack in what's known as a "green-on-blue" incident, according to US officials.


Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland.

Houck leaves behind two children, ages 3 and 5, and his wife Samantha. 

His father spoke about their family's great loss in an interview, saying, "He grew up to be a tremendous human being, just a great father, loving son, husband. He was very compassionate, caring, and was concerned about people. He fought for the underdog. He was just a tremendous young man."

Houck has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and Army Commendation Medal with a second oak leaf cluster for his end of tour awards.


Sgt. William M. Bays, 29, of Barstow, California

Bays leaves behind his wife and their three children.

The Army posthumously awarded him the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster for his end of tour awards.


Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge, 22, of Youngsville, North Carolina

Baldridge was posthumously promoted Baldrige to Sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster for his end of tour awards.

He had been in Afghanistan since October and was set to  come home in August.


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