Pentagon confirms Tucson soldier death

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Sgt. Martin Lugo, Jr., of Tucson, died in Afghanistan on Thursday from wounds suffered in a fire fight with the Taliban. By Bob Richardson Sgt. Martin Lugo, Jr., of Tucson, died in Afghanistan on Thursday from wounds suffered in a fire fight with the Taliban. By Bob Richardson
By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

The Pentagon Friday confirmed the death of 24-year old Martin Anthony Lugo, Jr., of Tucson. Here's the text of the news release from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs at Fort Bragg, North Carolina:

A U.S. Army Ranger was killed on Aug. 19 during combat operations while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Ranger was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Sgt. Martin Anthony Lugo, 24, a native of Tucson, Ariz., was seriously wounded during a fire fight with the enemy in Logar Province. He was treated immediately by unit medical personnel and was quickly evacuated to the nearest treatment facility where he later died of his wounds.

Lugo enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2004. He served as an ammunition handler, automatic rifleman, team leader and most recently as a squad leader in Company C, 1st Battalion.

"Sgt. Lugo was a true warrior who died leading his Rangers in a fierce fire fight that killed a Taliban commander and 13 other Taliban fighters in Logar Province," said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander of the 75th Rgr. Regt. "He is a hero to our Nation, the Army and his family."

Lugo was on his sixth combat deployment. He previously deployed three times to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq.

"Sgt. Lugo was a phenomenal warrior who was universally respected by every member of this command," said Lt. Col. Mike Foster, the 1st Ranger Battalion commander. "He died while protecting our nation from her enemies and we will not forget his sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Lugo family."

He is survived by his father, Martin Lugo; his mother Maria Marin; and, his sister Leslie Lugo, all of Tucson, Ariz.