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Army Capt. Robert J. Yllescas

Died December 1, 2008 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


31, of Lincoln, Neb., died Dec. 1 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of wounds suffered Oct. 28 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Officer wounded in Afghanistan dies

The Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Pentagon says a 31-year-old Army officer from Fort Hood has died of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb exploded near his unit in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department statement says Capt. Robert J. Yllescas of Lincoln, Neb., died Monday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Yllescas’ legs were mangled and he suffered head trauma Oct. 28 when an improvised explosive device detonated near him. His legs were later amputated.

On a family blog Monday, Yllescas’ wife Dena wrote that the results of a test were “devastating,” so the family decided to let him go.

Yllescas was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Hood. He had been commanding a cavalry troop when he was wounded.


Funeral set for Army captain from Nebraska

The Associated Press

OSCEOLA, Neb. — Services have been set for a Nebraska native who died of wounds suffered in Afghanistan.

A funeral is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Osceola City Auditorium for U.S. Army Capt. Rob Yllescas.

Lt. Col. Bob Vrana of the Nebraska National Guard says a graveside ceremony will follow at Osceola Cemetery.

The 31-year-old Yllescas died Monday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of wounds suffered on Oct. 28. An improvised bomb detonated near him in Afghanistan.

Yllescas and his wife, Dena, have two daughters and met in Osceola.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

President Bush decorated Yllescas with a Purple Heart last month.

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