FORT HOOD, TEXAS - The Department of Defense says two soldiers died Saturday from injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Fort Hood said Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Ill. and Staff Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, Calif. were killed Nov. 12 of injuries from an apparent suicide bomber. They were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.
Perry entered the U.S. Army in January 2008 as a Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) maintenance support specialist. Fort Hood said his awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, Bronze Star, three Army Commendation Medals, one Army Achievement Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Combat Action Badge and Driver’s and Mechanic Badge.
Iublet entered the U.S. Army in November 2015 as a motor transport operator. Fort Hood said his awards and decorations included the Purple Heart Medal, Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.
Perry and Iubelt deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in September. Perry had been with the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade since August 2014, and Iubelt had been with the brigade since May.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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