The South Carolina Army National Guard has dedicated a new memorial to honor three of its soldiers who were killed in a June bomb attack in Afghanistan.
The small headstone monument is located outside the National Guard Armory in Timmonsville. It honors 1st Lt. Ryan Rawl of Lexington; Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Thomas of Easley; and Spc. John Meador II of Columbia.
The three were killed in Khost City on June 20 when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber. Five other Guard members were wounded. All were assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company, which is headquartered in Timmonsville. It was the deadliest day for the South Carolina Guard since the war in Afghanistan began.
The unit was in the country training members of the Afghan police. 170 soldiers deployed from the unit beginning in November 2011. They returned in August 2012.
Rawl was also a Richland County Sheriff’s deputy.