Navy SEAL Kevin Houston’s family in San Jose has been left heartbroken by news that he was killed along with 37 others when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan Saturday.
A native of Angwin in Napa County was one of 25 U.S. Special Operations forces killed Saturday when a helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in the Wardak province of Afghanistan.
The military said a Hawaii-based soldier from the Bay Area died this week from injuries suffered during from a bomb attack in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense said 36-year-old Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV of San Jose died Tuesday in Khowst of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade.
The U.S. contractor who died Wednesday after an Afghan military pilot opened fire at Kabul Airport was James McLaughlin, a ham radio operator from Santa Rosa, friends said.
Friends and family remembered Jameson Lindskog of Pleasanton, an Army medic who was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan while assisting a fellow soldier.
At least 500 people packed into San Mateo’s St. Gregory’s Church for Army Specialist Derek Simonetta’s funeral mass where family and friends honored the fallen soldier.
Six American soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan were members of the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, including one from the Bay Area and another from San Diego, according to the military.