On Sunday, the Department of Defense announced the deaths of two soldiers assigned to Fort Polk who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Spc. Ethan C. Hardin, 25, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Pfc. Ira B. Laningham, IV, 22, of Zapata, Texas died Jan. 7 of wounds suffered at Logar Province, Afghanistan when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk.