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Carlos A Aparicio

San Bernadino, California

September 23, 2011

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
28 Army Sgt

2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Fort Polk, Louisiana

 Killed in Wardak, province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device.

From Whittier Daily News whittierdailynews.com 09/27/11

Soldier from San Bernardino killed in Afghanistan 

By Josh Dulaney 
PUBLISHED: September 27, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. | UPDATED: August 29, 2017 at 8:06 a.m.

A 19-year-old Army infantryman from San Bernardino died Sept. 23 after an insurgent attack in Afghanistan. 
Pfc. Carlos A. Aparicio died in Wardak province from wounds sustained when insurgents used an improvised explosive device to attack his unit, according to the Defense Department. 
Also killed was Sgt. Rafael E. Bigai Baez, 28, of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
Aparicio was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La., according to the Fort Drum Public Affairs Office in New York. 

Aparicio enlisted in June 2010. After training at Fort Benning, Ga., he went to Fort Polk in January. 
He deployed to Afghanistan in February. 
Aparicio earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. 
From The Watertown Daily Times watertowndailytimes.com 09/27/11: 
Two 10th Mountain Division soldiers killed in Afghanistan
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
Two 10th Mountain Division soldiers based at Fort Polk, La., were killed Friday in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Rafael E. Bigai Baez, 28, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Pfc. Carlos A. Aparicio, 19, of San Bernardino, Calif., died in Wardak of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, which is commanded by Fort Drum.

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