Four Soldiers, Three From Fort Bliss, Die in Afghanistan

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EL PASO, Texas - Military officials say three Fort Bliss soldiers and one from Fort Stewart in Georgia were killed in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device.

Fort Bliss officials said Friday that William Joseph Gilbert and Mitchell Kirk Daehling, both 24-year-old specialists from Fort Bliss, and 29-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey C. Baker, a Hesperia, Calif., resident based at Fort Stewart, were killed in the Tuesday attack.

A Fort Bliss spokesman says a third Fort Bliss soldier was also killed in the blast but his identity was not immediately released.

Gilbert was from Hacienda Heights, Calif., and Daehling was born in Wyoming but most recently lived in Dalton, Mass.

Five other Fort Bliss soldiers were killed by a roadside blast in early May in Afghanistan.