Afghanistan: Explosives Specialist Killed Protecting Fellow Soldiers

October 11, 2018



 Army Sgt. James A. Slape was fatally wounded Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 as he worked to clear an area of explosives in southern Helmand province in Afghanistan after a blast had damaged a vehicle.

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According to the Washington Post, an American service member was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, 4th October.


US Army Spec. James A. Slape stepped out of his vehicle in Afghanistan to help his fellow soldiers. Trained in bomb removal, Slape wanted to clear a path to a vehicle that had just hit a roadside bomb in Helmand province.


That's when a second explosion hit, US military officials said.


Slape, 23, became the seventh US service member killed in combat in Afghanistan this year. The Pentagon released his name Friday night in Washington.


The Pentagon said he was a member of the North Carolina Army National Guard’s 430th Explosive Ordnance Company and had trained as an explosive ordnance disposal technician.


He has been posthumously promoted to sergeant.


The soldier was evacuated to a medical care facility, but despite valiant efforts to save him, his wounds were fatal.


Slape’s unit deployed to Afghanistan in April and is scheduled to return in spring 2019.

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