Lt. Travis A. Morgado, a 25-year-old soldier from San Jose, was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday when insurgents attacked his patrol with a roadside bomb.
The Department of Defense announced Thursday that Morgado was slain while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Morgado was assigned to a U.S. Army unit based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
He was killed in the Zharay district of Afghanistan.
According to records, Morgado joined the Army in November 2010, was commissioned as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in May 2011, and went through the Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Benning, Ba., as well as the U.S. Army Airborne School and the Ranger Course.
He was assigned to Lewis-McChord in March 2012, and assigned to an infantry team on arrival. He was deployed to Afghanistan in December. It was Morgado's first deployment.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on May 24, 2012