Caldwell soldier's remains arrive in U.S.

Statesman staffAugust 14, 2013 

The remains of a Caldwell soldier killed by an attack in Afghanistan arrived in the United States on Wednesday at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera, 26, and two other soldiers died Sunday of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire, which Stars and Stripes reported usually consists of mortars or rockets.

Also killed were Sgt. Jamar Hicks of Little Rock, Ark., and Spc. Keith Grace Jr. of Baytown, Texas.

The soldiers were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

Herrera, a 2005 Caldwell High grad, was married, and his family said he attended college at Boise State, and also in Phoenix and Arizona.

Information about when Herrera's remains would arrive in Idaho was unavailable late Wednesday.

Click here for a gallery of images from fellow soldiers transporting Herrera's remains at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware

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