Soldier from Takoma Park dies of injuries from bomb blast

A soldier from Takoma Park died Tuesday at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda of wounds from a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan last month, the Defense Department said.

Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown, 46, was assigned to the headquarters unit of 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Details of Brown's service record were not immediately available.


Brown is the second soldier from Takoma Park to have been killed in Afghanistan since October.

Staff Sgt. Adam Thomas, 31, was taking part in a mission against the self-declared Islamic State's Afghan branch Oct. 5 when he was killed by a improvised bomb blast.


Takoma Park, a Montgomery County town that borders the District of Columbia, has a popoulation of some 17,000 people. Brown and Thomas are the only two service members from Maryland killed overseas this year.

Brown was wounded in a Nov. 12 suicide attack on Bagram Air Base that also killed two other members of his unit and two military contractors.

Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, Calif., and Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Ill., both died on the day of the attack, the Defense Department said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Perry's father said last month he was booed when pilots helped him and his wife get off a plane quickly to make a connection as they journeyed to meet their son's remains.

Three other service members from Maryland have died this year in non-combat incidents.

Spc. Ronald L. Murray Jr. of Bowie died in a vehicle accident in Kuwait in November.

Airman 1st Class Nathaniel H. McDavitt of Glen Burnie died in a building collapse in Jordan in April.


Pfc. Victor J. Stanfill of Fulton died in May during a training exercise with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Polk, La.