U.S. soldier Sgt. David Chambers dies

Sgt. Chambers died after he encountered an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan. He was on his second tour of duty.

Sgt. David Chambers, a 25-year-old soldier serving in Afghanistan, died there Wednesday, the Department of Defense announced in a Thursday press release.

The Department of Defense said Chambers, of Hampton, Va., died from injuries sustained when he encountered an IED. Chambers had been on patrol in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, at the time.

Chambers was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. That unit is assigned to the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

According to The Seattle Times, Chambers entered the Army in May 2009. He’d served his first tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2010.

He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan, the Times reported, and had earned the Purple Heart, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon, among other awards.

According to WTKR in Norfolk, Va., Chambers earned his Purple Heart during his first tour when an IED hit his transport vehicle.

WTKR spoke to Chambers' parents, who called their son a hero. Remembering how his son signed up to return to Afghanistan even after the IED attack in 2011, Chambers' father, Michael Chambers, said, "Seeing him re-enlist like that means that he thought he had a bright future in the military and I believe he would have made it a long way."

Chambers' mother, Julie Chambers, said she’d gotten a Facebook message from her son the week before he died. "Mom, I'm okay," it read. "Don’t worry."

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