US names 6 soldiers killed in Afghan attack
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – The military has named six American soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan that was the deadliest attack on coalition troops there this month.
The Department of Defense said Tuesday all six men were members of the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.
The soldiers died Sunday when an explosives-packed minibus blew up at the entrance of a joint NATO-Afghan base in Kandahar province.
They were named as Cpl. Sean M. Collins, 25, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; Cpl. Willie A. McLawhorn Jr., 23, of Conway, N.C.; Spc. Patrick D. Deans, 22, of Orlando, Fla.; Spc. Kenneth E. Necochea Jr., 21, of San Diego, Calif.; Spc. Derek T. Simonetta, 21, of Redwood City, Calif.; and Spc. Jorge E. Villacis, 24, of Sunrise, Fla.