Fort Carson, Colo. (AP) - Two Fort Carson soldiers have died of wounds suffered when a bomb exploded near their vehicle in Afghanistan.
Defense officials say 24-year-old Sgt. Joshua Rimer of Rochester, Pa., and 22-year-old Spc. Randy Neff Jr. of Blackfoot, Idaho, died Wednesday in Zabul Province. They were assigned to the 4th Engineer Battalion at Fort Carson, south of Colorado Springs.
Rimer's family says he joined the Army after graduating from high school in 2003. He served a previous tour in Iraq.
He had been awarded the Purple Heart among other medals. He and his wife, Annalisa, lived in Colorado Springs.
Rimer and Neff were deployed to Iraq in February and their unit was transferred to Afghanistan in April.
This was Neff's first deployment.
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