A soldier originally from Montana was killed Monday while serving in Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st Class Darren M. Linde, 41, was killed in action during route clearance operations when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle in southern Afghanistan, according to Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general.
Linde was assigned to the 818th Engineer Company. The unit arrived for duty in Afghanistan in June.
A 1989 graduate of Sidney High School, Linde served with the Montana Army National Guard from 1998 through 2002 and from 2005 through 2006.
Linde enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1990 and returned to the North Dakota Guard in 2006. Since 2009, he served as a full-time instructor with the North Dakota National Guard’s 164th Regional Training Institute, Camp Grafton Training Center in Devils Lake, N.D.
Linde is survived by his wife, Adrienne, of Devil’s Lake, and their four children.
His military occupational specialties are listed as combat engineer, cannon crew member and bridge crew member.
Linde was awarded numerous honors throughout his career, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation and Army Good Conduct medals.
Spc. Tyler J. Orgaard, 20, of Bismarck, N.D., was also killed in the attack. Spc. Ian Charles Placek, 23, of Bismarck, was wounded and is listed in stable condition at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, according to a North Dakota National Guard media release.
The 818th Engineer Company is headquartered in Williston, N.D.
The North Dakota National Guard will announce funeral arrangements as soon as available.