Fort Drum soldiers die in Afghanistan

Fort Drum soldiers die in Afghanistan

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Pfc. Christian J. Chandler (U.S. Army photo) Pfc. Christian J. Chandler (U.S. Army photo)
Sgt. Shawn M. Farrell II (U.S. Army photo) Sgt. Shawn M. Farrell II (U.S. Army photo)

Two soldiers assigned to Fort Drum in northern New York were killed in separate incidents on the same day in Afghanistan in, the Department of Defense announced.

Sgt. Shawn M. Farrell II, 24, of Accord, N.Y., died April 28, 2014, in Nejrab District, Kapisa province, when enemy forces attacked his unit, the Pentagon said.

That same day, Pfc. Christian J. Chandler, 20, of Trenton, Texas, died in an attack in Baraki Barak District, Logar Province.

Both soldiers were infantrymen with the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Farrell was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry, while Chandler was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered that state and U.S. flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on May 1 in Farrell's honor.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Sgt. Shawn Farrell," Cuomo said. We are deeply saddened by the loss of this young man, who served our state and nation with honor. We will remember his service with pride."

Farrell joined the Army in September 2006, trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, and deployed to Afghanistan in November 2013. It was his second tour there.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and many more, the Army said.

Farrell is survived by his wife and parents.

Chandler joined the Army in October 2012 and also trained at Fort Benning. He deployed to Afghanistan in October 2013.

He had earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and more, the Army said.

Chandler left behind his mother and stepfather.

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