5 Fort Drum soldiers killed by explosive device in Afghanistan

Spc. Patrick Lay

5 soldiers assigned to Fort Drum were killed in action Thursday in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense identified the fallen soldiers as:

Sgt. Edward J. Frank II, 26, of Yonkers, NY

Spc. Jameel T. Freeman, 26, of Baltimore, MD

Spc. Patrick L. Lay II, 21, of Fletcher, NC

Spc. Jordan M. Morris, 23, of Stillwater, OK

Pfc. Rueben J. Lopez, 27, of Williams, CA

Officials say the five were killed in the Kandahar Province when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.