Slain soldier oldest to die in Afghanistan

Aug. 22, 2009 at 8:07 AM
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KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A 59-year-old soldier from Washington state has become the oldest U.S. service member to die in Afghanistan, military officials say.

First Sgt. Jose San Nicolas Crisostomo of Spanaway died Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Kabul, CNN reported.

Crisostomo's body was flown to the United States Thursday, the U.S. broadcaster said, adding he was a Vietnam War veteran and two-time Bronze Star winner who had volunteered to return to the Army and serve in Afghanistan. CNN said Crisostomo's honors also included the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat and the Kuwait Liberation Medal for serving in the Gulf War.

Crisostomo decided to re-enlist after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Patricia, his wife of 39 years, told KING-TV, Seattle.

"He insisted going back and serving his country," she said. "That was his passion, his life."

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