June 20 marks 1 year since bloodiest day for SC Guard - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

June 20 marks 1 year since bloodiest day for SC Guard

Sgt. John David Meador II and 1st Lt. Ryan Rawl Sgt. John David Meador II and 1st Lt. Ryan Rawl
The memorial that stands outside the 133rd Military Police Company armory. (Source: Staff Sgt. Tracci Dorgan) The memorial that stands outside the 133rd Military Police Company armory. (Source: Staff Sgt. Tracci Dorgan)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

One year ago today, in the bloodiest day in the Afghan war for the South Carolina National Guard, a suicide bomber took the lives of three South Carolina soldiers, two of them from the Midlands.

On June 20, 2012, best friends 1st Lt. Ryan Davis Rawl and Sgt. John David Meador II were killed in an explosion Khowst City, Khowst Province, Afghanistan when their patrol was attacked by the bomber.

The attack also took the life of Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bradford Thomas of Easley. Five other South Carolina Guardsmen were injured in the incident.

All eight soldiers were assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company from Timmonsville. The unit deployed 170 soldiers to Afghanistan in November 2011 to train members of the Afghan Uniformed Police.

Rawl was a Richland County deputy before joining the National Guard. Meador was a 1994 graduate of Lexington High School.

The 133rd dedicated a memorial to Rawl, Meador and Thomas in early January outside their armory.

All three men were married with small children.

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