Soldiers at Fort Bliss react to death of fellow servicemen in Afghanistan


POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 10:09pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 3:10pm

Five soldiers from Fort Bliss were killed last weekend in Afghanistan, and three more died on Tuesday. All 8 soldiers died from injuries sustained from roadside bombs.

"Every time we lose a soldier in the military, whether it's on Fort Bliss or any other base, it's a sad day for the military," said Specialist Alexander Neely from Fort Bliss.

Twenty-four year old Specialist William Joseph Gilbert and Specialist Mitchell Kirk Daehling were two of the three soldiers killed this week.

Specialist Daehling was born in Wyoming and joined the Army in 2010. Fort Bliss was his first duty station. He leaves behind his wife.

Daehling's final post on Facebook was to another special woman in his life -- "Happy Mother's day, mom. Your [sic] the best mom anyone could ask for. Miss you, love you and see you soon," he wrote.

"i wouldn't even know what to say to a fellow Army family who has lost a service member. I would have no idea. I haven't been through it and I imagine that there's nothing anyone could say but we just got to stick together and we'll get through this," said Sergeant Ben Kelly from Fort Bliss.

Specialist Gilbert, originally from California, joined the Army in 2010, and had been stationed at Fort Bliss since January, 2011. He leaves behind his wife.

"I've used deployment to get in shape and find out who I was. It's easy to work out... Finding out who I am is a little harder," said Gilbert in a Facebook post.

Fellow soldiers at Fort Bliss admit the dangers of war are frightening but say it's a risk all servicemen and women are willing to take to protect their country.

"The first thing I think about is my family. No one wants to leave their family. And I mean, they're just as scared as we are but that's part of our job, that's what we do, we fight for the freedoms," said Sergeant Joshua Holt from Fort Bliss.

The name of the third soldier killed in Tuesday's roadside bomb blast has not yet been released. 

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