WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. (AP/WJZ) — A highly-decorated soldier and father of five from Wicomico County is one of two soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke was killed Monday in Kabul when a vehicle carrying an improvised explosive device attacked his vehicle.

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Turner was working on a NATO mission that helped train Afghan troops, according to The Baltimore Sun.

He was a student at James M. Bennett Sr. High School in Salisbury, the Sun reported, and then went onto to major in management and play football at Towson University — graduating in 1989.

He joined the Army four years later and had a long career with the military earning awards like the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and three Meritorious Service medals, the Sun reported.

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Turner was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Garrison, Fort Drum, New York.

Also killed in the incident was 27-year-old Spc. Joseph W. Riley of Grove City, Ohio.

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