Three soldiers from Fort Riley, Kan., serving in Afghanistan, including one from Illinois, have died of wounds they suffered in a weekend bombing, the Army said Tuesday.
Officials of the northeast Kansas post identified those killed in Afghanistan as Capt. Joshua E. Steele, 26, of North Henderson, Ill.; Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Henderson, 35, of Hillsboro, Ore.; and Sgt. 1st Class John M. Hennen, 26, of Vinton, La.
The three men were wounded Sunday in Panjway when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were serving on a transition team assigned to Fort Riley-based 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
Steele is the son of Philip and Paula Steele of North Henderson, according to a story posted Tuesday on The (Galesburg) Register-Mail's Web site.
A telephone message left by The Associated Press at a listing for Philip and Paula Steele was not immediately returned Tuesday evening.
Joy Morland, an acquaintance of the family who lives in Alpha, told the Register-Mail that she has spoken with the family since they received news of Joshua Steele's death.
"He was a very conscientious son and a caring friend to everyone around him,'' Morland said.