Soldiers from LI, NJ killed in Afghanistan

April 25, 2010 3:56:46 PM PDT
A soldier from New Jersey and another from Long Island have been killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense announced Sunday that Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik of Brielle and another soldier, 25-year-old Sgt. Jason A. Santora of Farmingville, N.Y., died Friday in the Logar province from wounds sustained while conducting combat operations.

Both soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Fort Benning, Ga. Their remains arrived at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Sunday.

Family and friends say the 21-year-old Kubik was a smart, charismatic person who always played against expectations. An avid fisherman, he was a 2006 graduate of Manasquan High School and a member of the school wrestling team.

An Army Ranger, Kubik enlisted in March 2007 and served previous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was an assistant machine gunner and rifle team leader.

Kubik, who was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal, is survived by his parents and a sister.


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