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Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan hailed from La Puente in the San Gabriel Valley

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Both soldiers died August 21, 2019 in Faryab Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under investigation.

The deceased are:

Master Sgt.* Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Master Sgt.* Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, California.

Both soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.


* indicates posthumous promotion

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