An Army specialist who was born in Connecticut has been killed in fighting in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Philip C. S. Schiller was 21-years-old.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord spokesperson Joe Kubistek says the specialist was posthumously awarded the bronze star, and the purple heart.

The medals were given for Schiller’s actions, and wounds in a small-arms attack that took his life on April 11.

Schiller’s unit had gone to Afghanistan last month.  This was his first deployment.

“On behalf of the entire Joint Base Lewis-McChord military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of specialist Schiller,” Kubistek said.

Schiller’s unit is based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the state of Washington. He listed his home as The Colony, Texas.  Military records said Schiller was born in Connecticut, but a town or city was not specified.

The Defense Department released a brief statement.

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