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Casualties from the Indiana National Guard 713th Engineer Company

Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt Merrillville | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt of Merrillville | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 29, 2012 6:27AM



Six members of Indiana National Guard 713th Engineer Company died while deployed in Afghanistan, the most deadly for a unit in the history of the Indiana National Guard.

Sgt. Brian Jeffery Leonhardt

Hometown: Merrillville, Ind.

Age: 21

Killed in Nilay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 6, when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Matthew Metzger

Hometown: Indianapolis

Age: 32

Killed in Nilay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 6, when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

Spc. Christopher
Alexander Patterson

Hometown: Aurora

Age: 20

Killed in Nilay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 6, when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

Spc. Robert Joseph Tauteris Jr.

Hometown: Hamlet, Ind.

Age: 44

Killed in Nilay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 6, when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

Spc. Sergio
Eduardo Perez

Hometown: Crown Point, Ind.

Age: 21

Killed during an attack in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on July 16 that included rocket-propelled grenades.

Spc. Nicholas
Andrew Taylor

Hometown: Berne, Ind.

Age: 20

Killed during an attack in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on July 16 that included rocket-propelled grenades.



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