The Department of Defense reported last week that Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange was killed in action in Afghanistan. According to the Lincoln Journal-Star, Prange died Thursday “after the vehicle he was riding in hit an explosive device.”
The Nebraska native was serving his third tour in Afghanistan when he died.  Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, California — was also killed in the explosion, the report said.
Both soldiers were based in Fort Collins, Colorado, with the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
Prange and his wife, Liz, were about to celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday, the report said. The two attended Norris High School together and have two sons.
Prange, who was raised in the Hickman area, joined the Army in 2007.