Maricopa County Attorney and veteran Bill Montgomery delivers the keynote address at a Memorial Day remembrance
at the Mesa Cemetery on May 28, 2018.
Tom Tingle, The Republic | azcentral.com
The American soldier killed in Somalia on Friday was a 26-year-old from Chandler, the Department of Defense said Saturday.
The department identified the solider as Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad in a statement released Saturday. Conrad died of injuries sustained from indirect enemy fire while supporting Operation Octave Shield, the department said.
His death remains under investigation.
Conrad was assigned to 1st Battalion and 3rd Special Forces Group. He was based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Reuters reported he had received numerous awards and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.
President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that his “thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somalia. They are truly all HEROES.”
The tweet was published before Conrad’s name was officially released.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced Sunday that all flags at state buildings would be lowered to half-staff in honor of Conrad. They will also be lowered the day of his funeral, which has not been scheduled.
“The prayers and hearts of all of Arizona are with the family and loved ones of Staff Sergeant Conrad,” Ducey said in a statement. “He made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of his country, and we are forever grateful.”
Jon Chagoya, a friend of Conrad’s, posted about the news of the death on Facebook early Sunday.
“I grieve for my friend, and I feel for his family, especially his parents – nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of your child. Nothing I can say or do will ease the hurt and sorrow they, and all of Alex’s family and friends, feel right now and will feel for quite awhile.”
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