Big Island Soldier Dies on Patrol in Afghanistan

August 13, 2018, 4:34 PM HST (Updated August 13, 2018, 7:13 PM)

The United States Army reports that Sgt. 1st Class Reymund R. Transfiguracion, of Waikoloa, Hawai‘i died on Aug. 12, 2018, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol as he conducted combat operations in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Reymund Transfiguracion, 36, died Aug. 12, 2018, from wounds sustained as a result of an improvised explosive device attack in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Aug. 7. PC: U.S. Army

The incident is under investigation.


Transfiguracion was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Gov. David Ige issued the following statement:

 “Hawaiʻi has lost a brave soldier who sacrificed his life serving his country. My deepest condolences to Sgt. 1st Class Transfiguracion’s wife and children, and his entire ‘ohana. Let our community come together to support them now and in the coming months.”

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement:

“Staff Sergeant Reymund Transfiguracion served our country and the people of Hawaii honorably in the U.S. Army and as a member of the Hawaii National Guard. My condolences and aloha are with Staff Sergeant Transfiguracion’s wife Edelyn, their two daughters, and the Transfiguracion ohana.”



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