Two Vilseck, Germany-based soldiers died of wounds sustained in roadside bomb attacks in Afghanistan over the weekend, according to Department of Defense news releases.
Pfc. John E. Andrade, 19, of San Antonio, died Saturday at De Khak Chupan Turah, Kandahar. Pfc. Paul O. Cuzzupe II, of Plant City, Fla., died Sunday at Akhtar-Mohammad-Khan. He was 23.
Andrade joined the service in August 2009, according to a biography provided by the Army, and reported four months later to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, where he was assigned as a Stryker driver.
“The loss of John is one of deep sadness to his platoon, Iron Company, and the rest of the Wolfpack Squadron,” the Army release said. “Though his humorous take on the challenges of the day will be sorely missed, his courageous example will never be forgotten.”
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, John Jr.
Cuzzupe joined the Army in July 2009, and conducted initial training with Battery F, 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery, 434th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Okla., according to a U.S. Army Europe release.
After basic training, he attended combat medic training with Company F, 232nd Medical Battalion at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was assigned to the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in April this year.
Because of his compassionate nature, Cuzzupe was known as “Care Bear” to the other soldiers in the medical platoon, the USAREUR release said. Before the unit deployed to Afghanistan in June, Cuzzupe was attached to Company G, where he was assigned as the medic for 3rd Platoon.
Though he was new to the platoon, Cuzzupe quickly earned the nickname “Doc,” the release said, “a testament to his special status within our ranks.”