The Department of Defense five soldiers supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan were killed April 16, including Spc. Joseph B. Cemper, 21, of Warrensburg.
They died at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an Afghan National Army soldier attacked them with multiple grenades. Also killed were:
– Capt. Charles E. Ridgley Jr., 40, of Baltimore, Md. He was assigned to the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska.
– Sgt. 1st Class Charles L. Adkins, 36, of Sandusky, Ohio.
– Staff Sgt. Cynthia R. Taylor, 39, of Columbus, Ga.
– Sgt. Linda L. Pierre, 28, Immokalee, Fla.
They were assigned to the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.