The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. William B. GrossPaniagua, 28, of Daly City, Calif., died July 31 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Sgt. GrossPaniagua’s awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon. Posthumous awards: Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with service star, Combat Action Badge
This was Sgt. GrossPaniagua’s 2nd deployment overseas. He previously served 1 tour in Iraq in 2008 with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Sgt. GrossPaniagua enlisted in the U.S. Army September 7, 2005 as a Combat Engineer.
Submitted by the Department of Defense