Guam - Guam Guardsmen Specialist Dwayne W. Flores and Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon, were killed this past Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a suicide bomber rammed the convoy they were part of.
In all, the explosion claimed 15 lives, 6 of them Americans, including Flores and Aguon. The other 4 Americans killed were civilian contractors.
Guam Governor Eddie Calvo confirmed the deaths in a message to the media Saturday evening declaring a "State of Mourning" on Guam for the deaths of Flores and Aguon.
In his statement the Governor said:
“Christine and I, Ray and Notch ask for the prayers of every Guamanian for the families and friends of Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon, and Specialist Dwayne W. Flores. There are no words to describe the overwhelming grief of our island on this tragic day. May the Lord be with their parents and loved ones to give them strength,” Governor Calvo said.
Aguon and Flores were part of the nearly 600 Guam guardsmen in the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment. They left island on March 2 for a month of pre-deployment training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. They arrived in Afghanistan in the first weeks of April.
The 23 year old Aguon is from Mangilao. He was a graduate of George Washington High School. Flores is from Sinajana.
[Eugene Michael Aguon, FaceBook photo]
[Dwayne W. Flores, FaceBook Photo]
Mass for Dwayne Flores will be said nightly at the Hagatna Cathedral Chapel from 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 7pm on Sunday.
ABC News reported that the blast was "so powerful it rattled the other side of the Afghan capital."
A Muslim militant group, "Hezb-e-Islami," claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the report.
The militant group said it had formed a new suicide unit in response to reports that the U.S. plans to keep bases and troops in Afghanistan, after the scheduled pull-out in 2014. ABC News also reports that "Hezb-e-Islami" claimed their fighters had been stalking the Americans for a week to learn their routine, before they attacked.
Guam Service Members Killed in Action in Afghanistan [source: icasulties.org ]
DATE NAME AGE RANK CAUSE VILLAGE
11. May 16, 2013 Eugune M. Aguon 23 National Guard Sgt. car bomber Mangilao
10. May 16, 2013 Dwayne W. Flores National Guard SPC car bomber Sinajana
9. Sept. 24, 2010: Jaysine Petree 19 Army Private 1st Class IED attack Yigo
8. June 7, 2010: Joshua Lukeala 23 Army Reserve Sgt. IED attack Yigo
7. August 8, 2009: Jose S.N. Crisostomo 59 Army 1st Sergeant IED attack Inarajan
6. August 8, 2008: Anthony M. Carbullido 25 Navy Petty Off. 2nd Class IED attack Agat
5. July 10, 2008: Samson A. Mora 28 National Guard , Specialist IED attack Dededo
4. July 10, 2008 Biran S. Leon Guerero 34 National Guard, Specialist IED attack Hagatna
3. August 29, 2007 Henry S. Ofeciar 37 Army Major hostile fire Barrigada
2. March 5, 2007 Gregory D. Fejeran 28 National Guard Sgt. vehicle ax Barrigada
1. March 3, 2007 Chris J.C. Fernandez 28 National Guard Sgt vehicle ax Dededo
[A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Cpl. Dwayne W. Flores of Sinajana, Guam, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on May 18, 2013. Flores was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry, Fort Juan Muna, Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Tucker)]