FORT HOOD, Texas (PIX11) — A 37-year-old soldier from Manhattan was killed along with a 22-year-old colleague while deployed in Afghanistan last week, officials said Monday.
Sgt. 1st Class Ramon Sheldon Morris, 37, died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds he suffered from an improvised explosive device, also known as an IED, according to the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office.
The IED went off during an enemy attack on the soldiers, the base said.
A colleague of Morris’ — Spc. Wyatt Joseph Martin, pictured below — was also killed in the attack. A native of Arizona, Martin was 22 years old and on his first tour of duty, according to the Department of Defense.
Participating in Operation Enduring Freedom when he was killed, Morris had been deployed at least four other times in his military career.
He served three tours of duty in Iraq between 2003 and 2009, according to the Department of Defense. He was deployed to what would become his final tour in June of this year.
Morris was the recipient of a Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals and six Army Good Conduct Medals among several other military commendations.
He began his active duty service in February 1996 as a combat engineer and was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since March 2012.
Since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, some 3,457 U.S. and Coalition troops have been killed, according to data compiled by CNN.
In Iraq, more than 4,800 U.S. and Coalition troops have been killed since the U.S.-led war in that country began in 2003.