Assigned to the 229th Military Intelligence Company, 29th Separate Infantry Brigade, Hawaii Army National Guard, Oahu, Kalaeloa, Hawaii
Incident: Army Sgt. Deyson K. Cariaga was killed July 5 when the Humvee in which he was riding struck a land mine in Hammadi, Iraq.
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Hawaii soldier killed in Iraq
HONOLULU — A Hawaii National Guard soldier who was killed in Iraq has been identified as 20-year-old Sgt. Deyson Ken Cariaga of Honolulu.
The state Department of Defense said he was killed Friday when an improvised explosive device detonated near the Humvee he was driving during a patrol near Balad. The patrol was returning to Logistical Support Area Anaconda.
Cariaga, an avid surfer known as “Dice” to his platoon mates, was the first Hawaii citizen-soldier to die in combat since the Vietnam War.
Cariaga was a member of the 229th Military Intelligence Company, 29th Brigade Combat Team. He was a member of a task force that collected intelligence in the area, and was described by his company commander as a “superb soldier.”
“He always excelled in every mission that was asked of him,” said Capt. Michael…