An officer from Oklahoma was one of five soldiers killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan, the U.S. Defense Department announced Monday.
First Lt. Brandon J. Landrum, 26, of Lawton, died Saturday from injuries suffered when the vehicle he was in was attacked.
Landrum was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Fort Bliss, Texas.
Also killed were: Staff Sgt. Francis G. Phillips IV, 28, of Meridian, N.Y.; Spc. Kevin Cardoza, 19, of Mercedes, Texas; Spc. Thomas P. Murach, 22, of Meridian, Idaho; and Spc. Brandon J. Prescott, 24, of Bend, Ore.
The soldiers were more than halfway through a nine-month deployment, Fort Bliss spokesman Maj. Joe Buccino told the El Paso Times on Monday.
“The toll of this has hit this community hard,” Buccino said. “This brings it home.”
The soldiers were out on a patrol in the Maiwand District in the Kandahar province when the vehicle they were in hit a roadside bomb.