Three South Carolinians who were in the SC National Guard (the once-independent State militia which was unconstitutionally seized by the US Federal Government under the Militia Act of 1903) were killed and five more were wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. The Charlotte Observer has the story:
The dead are 1st Lt. Ryan Davis Rawl, 30, of Lexington; Spc. John David Meador II, 36, of Columbia; and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bradford Thomas, 30, of Easley, the Guard said. The names of the wounded were not released.
The eight soldiers were part of the 133rd Military Police Company, nicknamed the Palmetto Regulators. The unit is based in Timmonsville.
Wednesday was the bloodiest day in Afghanistan for the S.C. National Guard, which has deployed more than 12,000 troops there since the war began in 2001.
“These men died serving their country and I want to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to their families, who are the unsung heroes of our war effort,” said Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., the state’s adjutant general. “These deaths are grim reminders that our military, to include the South Carolina National Guard, is still active in combat in defense of our country. We are privileged to have such heroes in our midst.”
The military police company was in Afghanistan to train members of the Afghan Uniformed Police in Khost Province, the Guard said. The unit deployed in November and was scheduled to return home in August.