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U.S. Special Forces Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
An Army Special Forces soldier died on Aug. 12, five days after he was wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion, 36, of Hawaii, died at a hospital in Germany. The attack with an improvised explosive device occurred in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Transfiguracion was deployed to Afghanistan in March, the Army Times reported. Before that, he was an engineer sergeant at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington. "He was a mentor to all of us," said Transfiguracion's brother, via Hawaii News Now. "He always had this Special Forces Green Beret poster in his room growing up. That was his dream. He did what he had to do and achieved his dream. I'm beyond words of how proud and how much I appreciate his efforts and success.” Transfiguracion was in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was born in Sarrat Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on May 20, 1982, The News Tribune reported. He moved to Hawaii and joined the Hawaii National Guard, before becoming a part of the active Army, and then a Green Beret soldier. Transfiguracion was deployed to Iraq with the National Guard from 2005 to 2006. After he became an active-duty soldier, in 2008, he was deployed to Iraq again. In 2010 and 2011 he was deployed for a period of time in the Philippines, the Army Times reported. His awards include the Meritorious Unit Commendation, a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, a Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, a Combat Action Badge, the Special Forces Tab, a Combat Infantryman Badge, a Basic Parachutist Badge, as well as an Air Assault Badge, the Army Times reported. After his death he was promoted to sergeant first class and given a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Meritorious Service Medal.