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Fort Bliss identifies 3rd soldier killed in Afghanistan

Photos: Facebook; Left, SPC William Joseph Gilbert, PFC Cody James Towse, SPC Mitchell Kirk Daehling
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 1:01pm

FORT BLISS, TX (KDBC) — Fort Bliss officials have identified a third soldier from Fort Bliss that was killed in Afghanistan.

Private First Class Cody James Towse was the third man killed in the May 14 IED attack. He was 21 years old. PFC Towse, was born in California, but was most recently a resident of Elk Ridge, Utah. He was a Combat Medic who entered the Army from Salt Lake City, September 2011. He received Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonardwood, Mo. and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Tx. He arrived at Fort Bliss, his first permanent duty station, in March
2012. Gilbert's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, and the Combat Medic Badge. This was his first combat tour. He leaves no dependents. He is remembered by his mother and father.

Two other Fort Bliss soldiers were identified as SPC Mitchell Kirk Daehling and SPC William Joseph Gilbert last Friday.

The three identified are from the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss.

"Very tragic news once again. There is another Soldier killed in the same incident, SFC Baker, however, he is from Fort Stewart, not Fort Bliss," said Maj. Joe Buccino, Fort Bliss Spokesman.

Twenty-four-year-old Specialist William Joseph Gilbert of Hacienda Heights, California, was an Infantryman who entered the Army from Los Angeles, August 2010. He received Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He arrived at Fort Bliss, his first permanent duty station, in January 2011.

Gilbert's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is survived by his spouse. This was his first combat tour.

Twenty-four-year-old Specialist Mitchell Kirk Daehling born in Wyoming with a home of record in Dalton, Massachusetts, was an Infantryman who entered the Army from Boston, September 2010. He received Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He arrived at Fort Bliss, his first duty station, in January 2011. Daehling' awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with
a Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal. He is survived by his spouse. This was his first combat tour.

A third Soldier, twenty-nine-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey C. Baker of Hesperia, California, assigned to 766th Ordnance Company, 63rd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Stewart, Georgia, was killed in the same incident.

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