Father of Edmond soldier watched fungal infection kill his son - Article Photos 2/4

Spc. James T. Wickliffchacin, 22, of Edmond, Okla., died Sept. 20 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol during combat operations in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan on Aug. 12. SPC Wickliffchacin, 3rd Infantry Division, was awarded the Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal with Valor posthumously. Photo provided by the U.S. Army