Under some of the most difficult conditions I have ever seen, Spc. Galarza Hernandez was always doing the right thing. He was a rock.
— Captain Brandon Wohlschlegel, Galarza's company commander
Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez, 21, of Salinas, Calif., died May 26 in Zharay, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, according to military officials.
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