U.S. Soldier and Yuma Native Killed in Afghanistan Honored State

U.S. Soldier and Yuma Native Killed in Afghanistan Honored Statewide

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Army 1st lieutenant Alejo R. Thompson Army 1st lieutenant Alejo R. Thompson

YUMA, AZ - Flags flying at half staff Monday in honor of a fallen soldier and Yuma native who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday. 

The U.S. Department of Defense says 30-Year-Old U.S. Army 1st lieutenant Alejo R. Thompson lost his life while serving in support of operation enduring freedom in Parwan Province.

They say first Lt. Thompson was killed when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.

Thompson was assigned to the first battalion, 12th infantry regiment, 4th brigade combat team, 4th infantry division in fort Carson Colorado.

One Yuma veteran says it's an unfortunate and sad situation.

Barry Kolbe, a Yuma veteran says it's an unfortunate and sad situation "These folks give the ultimate sacrifice and I certainly do appreciate it. It's just a shame were fighting a war that doesn't seem to be going anywhere and these kids aren't coming home to their wives husbands or their families."

Military Personnel at fort Carson say Thompson was deployed to Afghanistan March 6th and his unit remains there.

They say since his date of entry into the army in 2000 he received several badges including a purple heart, national defense service medal and is pending bronze star, all medals his family will be forever proud of.

Kolbe, says "My condolences go out to the family. They pay the ultimate sacrifice and they will for sometime. That's just not going to go away."

Public affairs at Fort Carson say a memorial date at the base will be held within the next two weeks.

 

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