A paratrooper based in North Carolina has died from injuries he suffered during an explosion in Afghanistan.

Army officials said Wednesday that 25-year-old Sgt. Gabriel Guzman of Hornbrook, Calif. died Saturday after his vehicle patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device near Gholam Haydar Kala.

Guzman was a forward observer in the 2nd Battalion, 508th
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd
Airborne.

Members of his unit said Guzman was generous. First Sgt. Derek
Gondek said Guzman once gave his platoon's radio telephone operator
his last bit of water, even though the platoon had four more kilometers to travel.

Guzman joined the Army in July 2003. He is survived by his daughter, Angela Haley; his mother, Shelley Tucker; and his sister, Anni Watson, all of California; and his father, Reynaldo Guzman.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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