FORT BRAGG, North Carolina – An Army Special Forces soldier died in western Afghanistan (search) on Sunday during combat against enemy forces, the Pentagon said.
Sgt. 1st Class Pedro A. Munoz, 47, was fatally wounded late Saturday by small arms fire while his unit was conducting an offensive operation in Shindand, Afghanistan. He died early Sunday during his medical evacuation from the scene, the Army Special Operations Command (search) said in a separate statement Monday.
Munoz served as an operations and intelligence sergeant assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, the Special Operations Command said.
A native of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, Munoz joined the Army in February 1986. He served in the Special Forces during operations during the first Gulf War in the early 1990s.
In 1997 he was assigned to the Army's exhibition parachute team, the Golden Knights.
An Army spokeswoman, Maj. Elizabeth Robbins, said a report of the incident said Munoz' small Special Forces team was conducting a routine patrol when it came under fire. He was listed as the only fatality of the engagement.
Munoz is survived by his wife, Gisela, and his daughter, Dalia.