Tuesday, May 21, 2013

R.I.P. - Sgt. Eugene M Aguon, Spc. Dwayne W. Flores

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

         The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

         They died May 16, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Fort Juan Muna, Guam.

         Killed were:

         Sgt. Eugene M Aguon, 23, of Mangilao, Guam, and

         Spc. Dwayne W. Flores, 22, of Sinajana, Guam.

         For more information media may contact the Guam National Guard public affairs office at 671-735-0409 or 671-734-4082.

from PNC:
Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 08:08 
Written by Kevin Kerrigan, Josh Tyquiengco & Janela Carrera 
Saturday, 18 May 2013 09:47  
Guam Guardsmen  Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon (left) and Specialist Dwayne W. Flores (right),  were killed this past Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a suicide bomber rammed the convoy they were part of.

In all, the explosion claimed 15 lives, 6 of them Americans, including Flores and Aguon. The other 4 Americans killed were civilian contractors.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo confirmed the deaths in a message to the media Saturday evening declaring a "State of Mourning" on Guam for the deaths of  Flores and Aguon.

In his statement the Governor said:

“Christine and I, Ray and Notch ask for the prayers of every Guamanian for the families and friends of Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon, and Specialist Dwayne W. Flores. There are no words to describe the overwhelming grief of our island on this tragic day. May the Lord be with their parents and loved ones to give them strength,” Governor Calvo said.

Aguon and Flores were part of the nearly 600 Guam guardsmen in the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment. They left island on March 2 for a month of pre-deployment training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. They arrived in Afghanistan in the first weeks of April.

The 23 year old Aguon is from Mangilao. He was a graduate of George Washington High School. Flores is from Sinajana.

Mass for Dwayne Flores will be said nightly at the Hagatna Cathedral Chapel from 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 7pm on Sunday.
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