A 25-year-old man from Long Island was among three U.S. Marines who were killed in a roadside bombing near Kabul in Afghanistan on Monday, according to the Department of Defense.
Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, of Locust Valley, was one of two Marines from New York killed in an improvised explosive device attack outside Bagram Air Field in Parwan Province. The other was Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of the Bronx, who was a 15-year member of the FDNY.
“Their deaths are a tragic reminder of the bravery and sacrifice of our service members, who put their lives in harm’s way to protect our values and way of life,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said while directing that flags be lowered in their honor.
The third Marine killed in the attack was Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania. Slutman is survived by a wife and three daughters. All three Marines were members of the 25th Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Corps Reserve.
Three other troops, five civilians, and a contractor were also wounded in the bombing. The Taliban reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.