KCUR News
5:32 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Afghan War Bomb Technician Is Killed

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City Missouri Army National Guard Soldier has been killed in Afghanistan doing one of the more dangerous combat jobs .

Robert W. Crow was 42 years old and a sergeant.

Crow had gone to Afghanistan when his unit, the 203rd Engineer Battalion of Joplin deployed last September. His home unit of combat engineers was the 1141st Engineer company of Kansas City which he joined in 2005.The job of his unit was clearing improvised explosive devices from roadways.The soldiers are commonly called sappers.

From Guard headquarters Major Tammy Spicer said The Iraq War veteran had volunteered to drive a specialized device unknown in the civilian world, actually the vehicle that goes out and looks for mines because, " that's where Sergeant Crowe felt he was in best position to protect his fellow service members, his platoon. So this is literally a hero who put himself in harm's way every day."

Spicer's adds, " unfortunately, the enemy won this one."

An improvised bomb blew up. Robert W. Crow died last Saturday, July 10th.

It was the unit's second combat casualty. Sgt. Denis Kisseloff was killed May 14th.