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Four Fort Lewis soldiers die in action

The war in Afghanistan once again hits home as four soldiers from Fort Lewis are killed.
/ Source: KING5

FORT LEWIS, Wash. – The devastating war in Afghanistan once again hits home.

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Four Fort Lewis soldiers were killed in action, one of them from Federal Way.

The soldiers were all members of the Stryker brigade, deployed just over a month ago.

One of them, Pfc. Dennis Williams, admitted to his family he did not think he was coming home.

"Before he went in, he had doubts about coming back and he expressed it to several people in the family," said Julie Fleischer, Williams aunt.

Williams, a Federal Way High School graduate, was deployed to Afghanistan with a Fort Lewis Stryker Brigade unit five weeks ago.

His wife Maria was the first to get the news that Williams was killed in action.

"When she got there two soldiers hopped out of the van. She called me immediately and said that I needed to come over, and I knew why," said his brother, David Williams.

Williams died with three of his fellow soldiers in southern Afghanistan this week when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.

Captain John Hallet, Captain Cory Jenkins, Sgt. Ron Sawyer, and Williams were all part of the 5th Stryker brigade combat team.

Williams' family said the soldier would call home - worried and fearful.

"He was told they were running out of ammo, running out of soldiers. He was going out with half a platoon - four soldiers and no backup," said David Williams.

The young father of two spent a week with his newborn son before heading off to war. Now the Williams family, with three generations of military service, are grappling with a war they don't agree with, and a senseless loss.

"Unless someone can tell me why, tell me why we are there, I will never have closure of my brother's death. I don't understand," said David Williams.