Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Pentagon has named the two U.S. soldiers killed, along with nine Afghan school children, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives on June 3 in Tsamkani, Afghanistan. They were 2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson, 23, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Spc. Robert A. Pierce, 20, of Panama, Oklahoma.
As Home Post reported Tuesday, the suicide bomber's target was believed to be a U.S. military delegation attending a security briefing. However, the victims were nine Afghan children walking home from school, along with Sisson and Pierce.
Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
According to NewsOk.com, Pierce is survived by his wife and parents.
Sisson's parents, Phyllis and Kevin Sisson, spoke with Phoenix television station 12 News about the loss of their son: