By Heartland News
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (KFVS) - Two Illinois Army National Guard soldiers assigned to a Marion-based battalion were killed in action Sunday in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.
Officials with the Illinois Army and Air National Guard in Springfield on Tuesday identified the men as Staff Sgt. Jason Burkholder of Champaign and 1st Lt. Jared Southworth of Oakland. They were killed Sunday by a bomb, along with an Afghan police official and a civilian. The incident remains under investigation.
Southworth served on the Oakland Police Department. The 27-year-old Illinois native attended Oakland High School, Lakeland College and Eastern Illinois University. He had a wife and four children.
Burkholder was a 27-year-old former Marine who was on has second deployment. The graduate of Elida High School in Ohio was married.
Both 27-year-old Staff Sergeant Jason Burkholder of Ohio and 26-year-old First Lietenant Jared Southworth of Oakland, Illinois died in the explosion in Kabul.