He just loved to take chances. He loved motorcycles. He loved parachute jumping and … he just loved the Army, basically.
— Edward Grochowiak, father
Grochowiak was one of two soldiers who died Aug. 30 in Malajat, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Although the military reported his hometown as Lompoc, family members said he was born and raised in San Diego.
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Edward Balli, 42, Monterey
Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19, Fairhaven, Mass.
Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, San Diego
Landon L. Jones, 35, Lompoc
Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, Aurora, Ore.
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