Army Sgt. Andrew C. Nicol
Died August 8, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
23, of Kensington, N.H..; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; died Aug. 8 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Spc. Bradley D. Rappuhn.
Afghan IED kills 2 Benning-based Rangers
By Christine Rook
Lansing (Mich.) State Journal
GRAND LEDGE, Mich. — Two Army Rangers died Aug. 8 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when their unit encountered an improvised explosive device, Defense Department officials said Aug. 9.
Spc. Bradley D. Rappuhn, 24, of Grand Ledge and Sgt. Andrew C. Nicol, 23, of Kensington, N.H., were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, out of Fort Benning, Ga., according to the Pentagon.
Nicol was a 2006 graduate of Exeter (N.H.) High School, his family said. Family members told television station WMUR-TV that he had served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rappuhn, a 2004 graduate of Grand Ledge High School, was remembered by his high school bowling coach, Tom Braun, as a “team player.”
Rappuhn’s family traveled to Dover Air Force Base, Del., early Aug. 9. His body was scheduled to arrive at Dover about 11 p.m.
Rappuhn’s tour was extended, according to family members.
“He was supposed to come home in the end of July,” said his mother, Roxanne Rappuhn. “But they tacked 45 more days on.”
Rappuhn was injured earlier this year but had recovered, family members said.
Roxanne Rappuhn said she felt immense pride, knowing that her youngest son had served his country well.
Rappuhn enlisted in the Army in January 2009. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father, Cary, and a brother.
Nicol and Rappuhn “were involved in fighting one of the most heavily defended areas in Afghanistan. Their actions resulted in the destruction of a complex bunker system that included heavy machine guns, mortar systems and the death of seven Taliban,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment. “They are heroes to the nation, the Army and their families.”