Three Fort Drum, N.Y., soldiers, including one originally from New Jersey, were killed in Afghanistan this week, the Defense Department said.
Sgt. Omar Aceves, 30, of El Paso, Texas; Spc. Jarrid L. King, 20, of Erie, Penn.; and Pfc. Benjamin G. Moore, 23, of Robbinsville, N.J., died January 12, 2011, in Ghazni province when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, the Pentagon said.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, January 18, in honor of the fallen combat engineers.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest sympathy to the family, the friends, and the fellow soldiers of Sergeant Aceves, Specialist King, and Private 1st Class Moore," Governor Cuomo said. "We mourn their loss but we remember their service to our nation and honor them for it."
The soldiers were assigned to the 7th Engineer Battalion of the 10th Sustainment Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.
Aceves, who joined the Army in 2005, had previously served in Iraq. He is survived by his wife, six children, and parents. Aceves was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant, according to Fort Drum public affairs.
King, who joined the Army in 2009, was posthumously promoted to corporal. He is survived by his parents.
Moore, who enlisted in 2009, leaves behind his parents. Among his decorations were the Bronze Star, the Purple
Heart, and the Combat Action Badge. Moore was posthumously promoted specialist.