4 Ind. National Guardsmen Killed In Afghanistan

Published January 7, 2012 10:54PM (EST)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana National Guard says four soldiers with an Indiana-based National Guard unit died in Afghanistan when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

Indiana Adjutant General Martin Umbarger said Saturday the four members of the Valparaiso-based 713th Engineer Company were clearing roadside bombs along a supply route in southern Afghanistan Thursday morning when their vehicle struck one of the bombs.

A fifth soldier was injured in the blast north of Kandahar and has been airlifted to a military hospital in Germany.

The four men killed are: Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Metzger of Indianapolis, Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt of Merrillville, Ind., Spc. Robert J. Tauteris Jr. of Hamlet, Ind., and Spc. Christopher A. Patterson of Aurora, Ill.

Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a statement that he's praying for the soldiers' families.

By Salon Staff

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