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Pentagon identifies US special forces soldier who died in Somalia firefight

Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad (U.S. Military)
June 12, 2018

The Defense Department has identified the U.S. soldier who died on June 8 while supporting Operation Octave Shield in Somalia.

Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad, 26, of Chandler, Arizona, died June 8 in Somalia of injuries sustained from enemy indirect fire, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command officials.

Conrad was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Conrad also was deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2012 to 2013 for nine months, and for four months in 2014, ABC 11 News reported.

Four other U.S. service members were wounded in the attack.

Following his death, Conrad was awarded the Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.

The incident is under investigation, according to the Department of Defense.