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Carl Erik Hammar

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

July 14, 2012

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
24 Army SSG

1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

 Killed in Khost province, Afghanistan, by enemy small arms fire.

From The Arizona Republic azcentral.com 07/17/12:

Another Arizonan killed in Afghanistan
Tue, Jul 17 2012 5:50 PM
Army Staff Sgt. Carl E. Hammar, of Lake Havasu City, died on July 14, due to injuries suffered when his patrol came under fire in the Khost province of Afghanistan. Sgt. Hammar was 24 years old. 

I had a note yesterday from Paul Giblin about my column over the weekend on Army Spc. Mason Steill of Chandler, who was injured last month in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Giblin is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who now works as a civilian employee of the Army in Kabul. He’s assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers and stationed at the Qalaa House compound, which used to be the Iraqi embassy.

“The U.S. flag at the headquarters building in the compound where I live is flown at half staff for 24 hours after a U.S. service member is killed out here in Afghanistan,” he wrote. “There was a time recently when it was at full staff for just three days during a two-week period. And that doesn’t even include people like the kid you wrote about.”

Another reader, Gary Glassford, asked that we keep writing about this war and our soldiers who must fight it. This war, he said, is not like other wars -- the ones with Roman Numerals attached or Vietnam, which was on the news and in our living rooms every night.

"It is a seemingly silent war with very little being written about our soldiers who are putting their lives on the line for freedom in lost lands," he wrote.

Rest in peace, Sgt. Hammar. And thank you, sir, for your service.

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