Soldier Who Died In Afghanistan Was Boston Native

Credit: Department of Defense

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) — A U.S. Soldier who was a Boston native, was killed in a roadside bombing in Afganistan Tuesday.

The Department of Defense says that Sgt. 1st Class Eric M. Emond, 39,  was among three U.S. Service members who died when their convoy hit a bomb in Ghazni, Afghanistan, WBZ-TV reports.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, Virginia and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, Pennsylvania were also killed.

Emond, who was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group in at Fort Bragg in North Carolina served in both the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army during a more than a 21-year military career. And while he lived in Washington State, he helped start Massachusets Fallen Heroes, a non-profit which helps Gold Star family and fellow veterans. 

According to Executive Director Dan Magoon, he tells WBZ-TV that Emonds had been wounded in service before but didn't stop serving -- and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

 This was his 7th overseas deployment. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

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