A 101st Airborne Division soldier died Sunday while on mounted patrol in eastern Afghanistan.
Specialist Rafael A. Nieves Jr., 22, of Albany, N.Y., was in a vehicle that came under attack by rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire, according to a Fort Campbell news release.
Nieves Jr. was an infantryman assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
He is survived by his wife, Sarah A. McKinney; daughter, Emma Grace Nieves; son, Rafael A. Nieves III, all of Oak Grove, Ky.; father, Rafael A. Nieves Sr. of Schenectady, N.Y.; and mother, Tina R. Roman of Bayonne, N.J.
Among his awards and decorations, Nieves Jr. received the Army Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:12:28 GMT
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