N.E. Marine, soldier killed in Afghanistan

Corporal Ian M. Muller Corporal Ian M. Muller
Globe Wire Services / March 15, 2011

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Two service members from New England have been killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense said Corporal Ian M. Muller, 22, a Marine from Danville, Vt., was killed Friday in combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Muller was a member of the Second Marine Expeditionary Force based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The Pentagon also reported yesterday that a veteran Special Forces soldier from Watertown, Conn., was killed by an enemy attack in Afghanistan.

Army Sergeant First Class Daehan Park, who was based in Washington state, died Saturday after his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device, officials said.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy ordered flags lowered to half-staff until the day of Park’s burial.

“He is a hero who died serving his country, and he will be honored and remembered as such,’’ Malloy said.

Park, 36, joined the Army in 1998 as an infantryman. He joined the elite Rangers in 2000 and volunteered for Special Forces training in 2005, according to the Army Special Operations Command.

Park was assigned to the Third Battalion, First Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and had previously been on missions to Iraq and other countries. He was on his first rotation to Afghanistan when he was killed.

He leaves his wife and two daughters.