Derek T. Simonetta, 21

Department of Defense officials announced today the deaths of six soldiers. Simonetta and Spc. Kenneth E. Necochea Jr., of San Diego were killed Dec. 12 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Specialist Derek T. Simonetta and Specialist Kenneth E. Necochea Jr. were posthumously promoted to Corporal.

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