Fort Hood Soldiers Killed When IED Detonated

Serving in Afghanistan

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011  |  Updated 5:18 PM CDT
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Three Fort Hood soldiers die from injuries sustained after the explosion of an improvised explosive device.

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Military officials say three Fort Hood soldiers have died in Afghanistan from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device was detonated.

A Defense Department statement issued Thursday said Spc. Kurt W. Kern, of McAllen; Pfc. Justin M. Whitmire of Easley, S.C.; and Sgt. Noah M. Korte of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; died Tuesday in Paktia, Afghanistan.

All three were assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade based at Fort Hood in September.

Twenty-four-year-old Kern, who joined the military in September 2009 while 29-year-old Korte enlisted in May 2003, were both military police deployed to Afghanistan earlier this month. Korte had also served several stints in Iraq.

Twenty-year-old Whitmire, who joined the military as a health care specialist in September 2010, had been in Afghanistan since July.

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