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Soldier from Eastern Shore killed in Kabul attack

Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner of Nanticoke, Md., died Nov. 24 in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner of Nanticoke, Md., died Nov. 24 in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Garrison Fort Drum)

A military policeman from the Eastern Shore was one of two U.S. troops killed in a bomb attack in Kabul Monday, the Pentagon said.

Command Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, was working as an advisor to a NATO mission training Afghan troops.

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The Pentagon said Turner and Spc. Joseph W. Riley died "of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device."

Turner attended James M. Bennett Sr. High School in Salisbury and played football and studied management at Towson University.

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He graduated from Towson in 1989, joined the Army in 1993 and had a long career with several military police units.

Turner was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Drum, N.Y. He previously deployed to Bosnia in 1995 and to Iraq in 2003.

Turner was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal and three Meritorious Service Medals, among others.

He was married and had five children.

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Riley, 27, of Grove City, Ohio, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

They were the 51st and 52nd Americans killed in Afghanistan this year, according to icasualties.org.

Turner is the first service member from Maryland killed in Afghanistan since Capt. Sara M. Knutson died after a helicopter she was piloting crashed in Kandahar in March 2013.

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