Justin L Horsley
Palm Bay, Florida
July 22, 2012
Killed when enemy forces attacked their unit in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan, with an improvised explosive device.
|From The Stars and Stripes stripes.com 07/26/12
Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan identified
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 26, 2012
GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Three U.S. soldiers from sister infantry battalions in Italy who were killed in enemy attacks in Afghanistan during the past week have been identified.
Spc. Justin L. Horsley, 21, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Pfc. Brenden N. Salazar, 20, of Chuluota, Fla., were killed July 22 in Pul-E Alam when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense.
Pfc. Adam C. Ross, 19, of Lyman, S.C., was killed by small arms fire in an attack two days later in Wardak province, according to a department news release.
The three soldiers were with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, which cased its colors in mid-June for a nine-month deployment to Logar and Wardak provinces. The 173rd is based in Vicenza, Italy, and commands subordinate units in both Italy and Germany.
A memorial ceremony wil be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the chapel on Caserma Ederle honoring all three soldiers.
Horsley and Salazar were assigned to the brigade’s 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment; Ross was part of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment.
The 173rd has lost 82 soldiers in four deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq since 2003.
|Rick Scott Orders Flags at Half-Staff for Specialist Justin Horsley
Submitted by Jim Turner on August 7, 2012 - 3:31pm
Gov. Rick Scott has ordered state and national flags lowered to half-staff outside the Brevard County Courthouse, Palm Bay City Hall and Florida Capitol on Wednesday to honor U.S. Army Specialist Justin L. Horsley, of Palm Bay.
Horsley, 21, was one of two Floridians killed July 22 after their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Specialist Brenden N. Salazar, 20, of Chuluota in Seminole County, also died in the attack.
Both were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Caserma Ederle, Italy.
Flags have already been lowered across Florida to mark the mass-shooting in Oak Creek, Wis.
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