In a poignant reminder of the meaning of Veterans Day, a 21-year-old soldier from Running Springs died in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said on Sunday.
Specialist Daniel L. Carlson served as a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter Repairer with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.
He died Friday in Kandahar province during Operation Enduring Freedom. The cause of death is non-combat related, and the details are under investigation.
Carlson joined the Army February 4, 2010 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He joined the 25th CAB in September 2010. This was Carlson’s first deployment.
Spc. Carlson’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and an Aviator Badge.
Spc. Carlson is survived by both his parents and his wife.
"Our sincere condolences go out to Daniel's family and friends, and we share in mourning their loss,” said Lt. Col. Derrick Cheng, spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division. “This is a tremendous tragedy, and they remain in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time."
The news came as people across the region honored soldiers and remembered the fallen on Veterans Day.