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Three Fort Drum soldiers were killed Wednesday in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, when their unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device.

They were Staff Sgt. Omar Aceves, 30, El Paso, Texas; Cpl. Jarrid L. King, 20, Erie, Pa., and Spc. Benjamin G. Moore, 23, Robbinsville, N.J. All were combat engineers with the 693rd Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, who deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2010.

Staff Sgt. Aceves joined the Army in February 2005 and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, until 2008, when he arrived at Fort Drum. He previously deployed to Iraq. Among his awards are the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and two Army Commendation Medals. He is survived by his wife, six children, his mother and his father.

Cpl. King joined the Army in March 2009. Fort Drum was his first assignment after training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge. Cpl. King is survived by his mother and father.

Spc. Moore joined the Army in April 2009. Fort Drum was his first assignment after training at Fort Leonard Wood. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge. Cpl. Moore is survived by his mother and father.

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