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Afghan attack kills 2 Indiana Guardsmen

Statement as issued Tuesday by the Indiana National Guard

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, were officially notified of the deaths of two Indiana National Guard Soldiers in Afghanistan.

The fallen are members of the 713th Engineer Company, headquartered in Valparaiso, Ind., and were assigned to clear military supply and combat routes.

  • Spc. Nicholas Andrew Taylor of Berne, Ind.
  • Spc. Sergio Eduardo Perez of Crown Pointe, Ind.
The Soldiers were killed during a complex attack that included rocket propelled grenade fire and small arms fire in the Kandahar Province during a mounted route clearance patrol, Monday, July 16, 2012.

“Every such loss is a heartbreak. We are hit with special severity here because of the casualties this heroic unit has already endured. No Guard unit in my memory has been assigned a more dangerous mission than the 713th, and here again we see the incredible risks these citizen-Soldiers volunteer to run for the rest of us,” said Gov. Daniels.

The Indiana National Guard has directed full attention and resources to support the families and will defer to their wishes concerning media engagements.

“The Soldiers of the 713th Engineer Company face a dangerous mission every single day. A danger of which they are very aware with firsthand experience of the threat and consequences,” said Maj. Gen. Umbarger. “In spite of the danger, these two Sappers soldiered on, and we will now honor their courage and always remember their sacrifice.”

SPECIALIST NICHOLAS ANDREW TAYLOR

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

SPC Nicholas A. Taylor Jr. was born to Timothy Ray and Stephania Dawn Taylor in Decatur, IN on October 10, 1991. SPC Taylor graduated from South Adams High School in May 2010. Later that year, SPC Taylor enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard and set off for basic training and 12B (Combat Engineer) MOS training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. SPC Taylor returned to Ft. Leonard Wood in April of 2011 to attend the Route/Reconnaissance Clearance Operations Course in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan with the 713th Engineer Company (Sapper). While deployed he was promoted to the rank of Specialist (E4) in April 2012. SPC Taylor is survived by his parents Timothy and Stephania Taylor.

SPECIALIST SERGIO EDUARDO PEREZ, JR.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

SPC Sergio E. Perez Jr. was born to Sergio E. Perez Sr. and Veronica Orozko in Crown Point, IN on May 10, 1991. SPC Perez graduated from Lake Central High School in May 2010. Later that year, SPC Perez enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard and set off for basic training and 12B (Combat Engineer) MOS training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. SPC Perez returned to Ft. Leonard Wood in April of 2011 to attend the Route/Reconnaissance Clearance Operations Course in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan with the 713th Engineer Company (Sapper). While deployed he was promoted to the rank of Specialist (E4) in April 2012. SPC Perez is survived by his parents Sergio E. Perez Sr. and Veronica Orozko.

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