Ringgold soldier killed in Afghanistan

Ringgold soldier killed in Afghanistan

July 21st, 2011 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

Ringgold soldier Sgt. Edward Koehler was killed in Afghanistan. This is a photo from Koehler's Marine Corps days. It was taken in the 1980s and shared by his family.

A 47-year-old soldier who lived in Ringgold, Ga., was killed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan on July 18.

The body of Sgt. Edward Koehler was returned to the U.S. Wednesday at Dover Air Force Base, Del. He was killed along with two other soldiers when his truck convoy struck an improvised explosive device.

A native of Lebanon, Pa., Koehler served with the 131st Transportation Company of the 213th Area Support Group of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard out of Williamstown, Pa., according to the Department of Defense release.

Koehler had served from 1982 to 1988 in the U.S. Marine Corps, then left the military and later joined the Guard in 1997, said Guard spokesman Sgt. Matt Jones.

Jones said Koehler, a father of three, lived in Ringgold with his wife and traveled to Pennsylvania for training each month. He did not know how long Koehler had lived in Ringgold or if he had other family in the area.

Full information was not available, but Jones said Koehler's family plans to hold a memorial service for him in Georgia.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.