Bamberg-based soldier killed in Afghanistan vehicle accident
BAMBERG, Germany — A Bamberg-based soldier died Sunday in a vehicle accident in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, the Department of Defense announced.
Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr., 26, of Orlando, Fla., died of injuries sustained in a vehicle roll-over, the DOD said in a press release Thursday.
He was assigned to the 240th Quartermaster Supply Company, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command.
A native of the Philippines, Obod became a naturalized American citizen at a ceremony in April at Kandahar Airfield, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Obod was a traveling acrobat until he suffered an injury when he was 17, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Upon immigrating to the United States, he worked at a hotel before joining the Army. He worked to support his wife and child in the Philippines, according to the paper.
“Whatever he made, he would send it,” John Restino, Obod’s stepfather, told the Orlando Sentinel, “He was a great guy.”
Obod joined the military after one of his younger brothers joined the Navy and became a U.S. citizen, the paper quoted family as saying.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the community chapel in Bamberg, according to 21st TSC.