They died June 20, in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire and an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company, 51st Military Police Battalion, Florence, S.C.
- 1st Lt. Ryan D. Rawl, 30, Lexington, S.C.,
- Sgt. 1st Class Matthew B. Thomas, 30, Travelers Rest, S.C., and
- Spc. John D. Meador II, 36, Columbia, S.C.
1st Lt. Rawl, a 2000 graduate of Lexington High School and a 2004 graduate of The Citadel, was a Richland County Sheriff’s deputy who once served as a school resource officer at Crayton Middle School. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Spc. Meador was a 1994 graduate of Lexington High School and is survived by his wife and three children.