Updated: February 25, 2021
The United States Department of Defense on Monday identified the soldier killed by Al-Shabaab terrorists on Sunday when the extremist group overran a U.S. military base in Kenya, killing three Americans.
In a statement, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr., 23, from Evergreen Park, Illinois who was supporting Operation Octave Shield was killed by Al-Shabaab.
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“Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr., 23, from Evergreen Park, Illinois, was killed Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack in Manda Bay, Kenya. The incident is under investigation,” the Department said.
It said Mayfield was assigned to 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, Fort Rucker, Alabama.
The other two Americans killed were not identified.