Soldier from Lake Havasu City dies after firefight in eastern Afghanistan
A Lake Havasu City soldier died in Afghanistan Saturday from wounds he suffered in an attack while on patrol in the eastern province of Khost, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
Army Staff Sgt. Carl Eric Hammar, 24, was wounded when enemy forces attacked his dismounted patrol with a rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire Saturday.
He was flown to Forward Operating Base Sharana for treatment but died of small-arms fire injuries later that day, according to the Army.
Hammar, who previously served two tours of duty in Iraq, had been in Afghanistan since December in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
According to his Facebook page, Hammar graduated from Lake Havasu High School in 2005. He went on to take classes at Mohave Community College’s Lake Havasu City campus from fall 2004 to fall 2006.
Hammar was majoring in general studies at Mohave, where he took courses in English, jewelry, lapidary and administration of justice, said Charlotte Keller, the director of marketing and public information for the school.
He joined the Army in December 2005 and graduated from basic training, advanced individual training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga., before being stationed as an infantryman at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Hammar had served in Iraq from January 2007 to March 2008 and again from August 2009 to July 2010. He was assigned in September to Elmendorf-Richardson, where he served as a squad leader. His 3,500-soldier brigade deployed to Afghanistan in December.
The Army said next of kin had been notified of his death. The base in Alaska plans to hold a memorial for Hammar, but the date has not been set, a spokesman said.
The Department of Defense reported that 1,919 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as of Tuesday in Operation Enduring Freedom.