Two New Yorkers among three Army National Guard soldiers killed in Afghanistan

LATHAM – Three members of the New York Army National Guard were killed in action outside Kandahar, Afghanistan on June 21.  Two of them are New York residents.

Killed are Sgt. Andrew Seabrook, of South Ozone Park, Queens; Sgt. Anthony Mangano, of Greenlawn, Suffolk County; and Specialist Nelson Rodriguez-Ramirez, Revere, Mass. All three Soldiers were assigned to A Troop, Second Squadron 101st Cavalry, based in Geneva, Ontario County.

The three Soldiers were part of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, a multi-national force of more than 8,000 U.S. and NATO service personnel training the Afghan National Army and Police. Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix is currently being led by the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Brigade Combat Team, commanded by Col Brian Balfe.

The soldiers and another member of the task force-Lt. Col James Walton of the 1st Infantry Division– were killed in an ambush en route to a training location when their vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

The whole report is here.

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God Rest Our Heroes.


  1. mpounds

    To kimberly Seabrooks & Family,
    My heart goes out to this family. Andrew (Drew) will always be remember, he was a hard working, friendly family man from the time I known him. One thing I can say about him he always talk about his kids. If you need a hand call Drew he will come no matter what he is doing and give you a hand. To my niece Kimberly stay strong for your two beautiful kids and remember you may not see him but he is watching over you with that smile he always carried with him. To his brothers, sisters and kids here in New York keep the faith and remember he still love all of you and even though you don’t see him but he sees you with that smile. He will always be missed. (RIP)

    -Michelle Pounds
    Jamaica, NY

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