SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A 23-year-old northeast Ohio soldier fighting for his country overseas in Afghanistan has died.
Sgt. Louis R. Torres, of Oberlin, died Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas from wounds suffered after he encountered an enemy IED Aug. 6 in Kandahar.
According to unit records, Sgt. Torres entered the Army in June 2008 and reported to Fort Benning, Ga. for Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as an infantryman. He arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in October 2008 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
Torres was deployed to Afghanistan with his brigade in December 2011 for his second deployment.
He was also deployed with 3rd Stryker Brigade to Iraq from August 2009 through June 2010.
Torres' civilian and military education includes High School Diploma (2008), Warrior Leader Course (2010), Combatives Course (2010), Military Occupational Specialty: 11B Infantryman (2008).
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon.
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord military and civilian community said in a news release they extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Torres.
The Department of Defense identified the casualty and said Torres was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.