The Indiana National Guard says four soldiers with an Indiana-based National Guard unit died in Afghanistan when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb.
Indiana Adjutant General Martin Umbarger said Saturday the four members of the Valparaiso-based 713th Engineer Company were clearing roadside bombs along a supply route in southern Afghanistan Thursday morning when their vehicle struck one of the bombs.
The casualties include Specialist Brian Leonhardt of Merrillville, Specialist Robert J. Tauteris Jr. of Hamlet, Specialist Christopher Patterson of Aurora, Illinois, and Staff Sgt. Jonathan Metzger of Indianapolis.
The unit and families are all trying to cope in the aftermath of the deaths of these men. .
Outside of the Indiana National Guard Armory in Valparaiso on Saturday the flag flew at half-staff as the news started to sink in.
"It's been a real tough day,” said Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Steve Hines. “We've got a lot of support from our entire organization, we are continuing to execute those things that need to be accomplished and start healing."