Soldier from Santa Maria killed in Afghanistan
August 25, 2013
A soldier from Santa Maria was one of two men killed Friday during a bombing in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced.
Spc. Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, of Santa Maria and Pvt. Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter, 20, of Humphreys, Mo. died in Haft Asiab, Afghanistan from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device during combat operations.
Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade based at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.