• Sweden edition
 
Swede dies in Afghanistan firefight

Swede dies in Afghanistan firefight

Published: 22 Jul 2012 10:08 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Jul 2012 10:08 GMT+02:00

The 24-year-old was in Khost on July 14th when his unit was shot at with rocket grenades and smalls arms fire. The man was injured in the attack and died of his injuries in a military hospital, according to the US defence department.

The dead soldier has been identified as Staff Sgt. Carl E. Hammar, 24, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and was serving with the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment.

Carl Eric Hammar held dual citizenship and grew up in Grillby near Enköping in eastern Sweden, according to Expressen. He travelled to the US as an exchange student when he was 17-years-old and signed up to the US military.

He has twice served in Iraq and was sent to Afghanistan in December. He will now be buried in Arlington national cemetery in Virginia beside many other US casualties of war.

Known as Eric, Hammar was the father of two children - aged one and seven.

Khost province is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan and lies in the east of the country.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:47 July 22, 2012 by Iraniboy
My thoughts go for his family and friends. Poor boy was fooled by US propaganda machine the same way as Afghanis are fooled by Alqaida's.
12:22 July 22, 2012 by Paul_225
Stupid, pointless war.
12:28 July 22, 2012 by EmployedProfessional
Well said # 1&2!
13:47 July 22, 2012 by Svensksmith
#2 Aren't they all?
14:16 July 22, 2012 by EmployedProfessional
somedboy profits on our children's deaths and we just keep waving the flags of deception,convinced that these wars are some kind noble cause.

Today's war brought to you by Halliberton!

We'll be there for you.
15:55 July 22, 2012 by jonathanjames61
What a waste of a fine young mans life in a wasted generation, while those who starts this war are now leaving in pension ,I mean The bush family.Until the philosophy of one man is Inferior and the other Superior is eradicated,then we shall have peace. I never feel sorry for this solder,because its what he signed for,I feel very sorry for the little one he left behind,and his wife.
19:48 July 22, 2012 by whoye
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
19:49 July 22, 2012 by bcterry
Sincere condolences to family and friends of Staff Sgt. Carl E Hammar.

Another fallen hero.

R.I.P.
21:16 July 22, 2012 by FrozenNorth
I feel sad for deaths on both sides :(

Wars are always useless ... we are in a global world now and everything can be resolved with fair and open dialogue but sadly we are still ruled by few selected elites who are as human as everyone else. Its high time that we let collective wisdom take over rather than continuing the same old school dictatorships under the umbrella of democracy.
22:19 July 22, 2012 by Eric1
Thank you for serving this the USA and free peoples every where. You made the ultimate sacrifice fighting the forces of evil.
07:10 July 23, 2012 by prince T
A fallen hero
08:27 July 23, 2012 by G Kin
Looks like he knew/anticipated he would die young.

24 with 2 kids already; 7 &1.
11:16 July 23, 2012 by martin8558
Iraniboy /writes -My thoughts go for his family and friends. Poor boy was fooled by US propaganda machine the same way as Afghanis are fooled by Alqaida's.

I Served In the US Military and for you say that he was fooled by US propaganda is wrong we help the week and the oppressed and Iraniboy get your facts in order have you ever lived America as a soldier we choose to defend and fight for what we believed in its a choice opportunism.
18:28 July 23, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
@whoye Well said! Soldiers are all a bunch of testosterone overloaded morons.

To those of you who are calling him a "hero" are typical brainwashed sheeple. Murderers are NOT heroes!
21:19 July 23, 2012 by Carbarrister
Thank you for your service.

Semper Fi
21:41 July 23, 2012 by bcterry
To those of you who are calling him a "hero" are typical brainwashed sheeple. Murderers are NOT heroes! "

Pfft.

Tell it to the taliban, "MURDERERS", who murder innocent women for simply being ACCUSED, NO PROOF, of infidelity, or single young women simply for the crime of falling in love, or the all the young girls who were not allowed to even go to school, or the group of young men, who they mowed down in cold blood simply because they laughed, that this young HERO was fighting against on behalf of them, and gave his life in doing so.
01:26 July 24, 2012 by waffen
The1st/501 sounds like this might be of the 173rd AB Brigade, stationed in Vicenza , Italy.

That Brigade has served mutliple tours in Afghanistan. I was with them as a civilian for three years, and I had good friends among them.

My thoughts are with his wife and children, and his parents and siblings.

Well done , Sergeant.

Those of your who decry wars as senseless, yes, WWI, WWII, Korea , Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan all senseless, and where many men and women combat soldiers have served in the last two, and where many will serve in the next war, and the one after that, and the one after that, because war is the nature of mankind.

Look to the tough-guy attitudes from two posters above for confirmation of that nature..

The Swedie has served well, , and I would never call him a murderer.

However, this veteran knows enough to just allow those who will act like idiots the right to do so.
11:24 July 24, 2012 by Nvd
War for what? Peace? Lol. Indeed.

I hope that his wife tells the children the true story that he died serving an idea of no significant benefit to his own country.

R.I.P man. Too bad that the world is full of blood sucking politicians and they have media as the opium for masses.

And "He has twice served" must be "He had twice served".

PEACE.
16:14 July 24, 2012 by KEBlaster
Thank you for taking care of your brothers.
23:46 July 24, 2012 by wxman
My Swedish grandfather came to the US at the age of 17 years also. He was a hardworking construction worker all his life and retired as a forman who built many skyscrapers in the US. I served a career of 25 years in the US military from Vietnam to Desert Storm, and am proud of it. This young man still had the Viking spirit so long missing in his homeland. Gud omfamnar dig hero!
11:40 July 25, 2012 by rise
#20

"This young man still had the Viking spirit so long missing in his homeland."

Oh, Swedes as of today are experts at pretending and making you see the image they want rather than the image of reality. A Swede is a wolf in sheep's clothing!

According to the book "Svenskar i strid" nearly a hundred thousand Swedes have participated in military conflicts around the globe since the ending of WWII. That is not something heard of in the school or the media. Where have they all been and what have they done? The book gives some answers...

I think the book would interest you very much since your grandfather came from Sweden. And maybe also give you a more justified image of his homeland. I don't know if there is any English translation of it, but maybe you know Swedish?
06:23 July 26, 2012 by sqwimpy
Yah I am very versed in what happens to the people that serve in military conflicts from Sweden. It's called Peacekeepers.

History will find that people who are violent make their way to the U.S. Hey my ancestors did. I served in the US Marines and I am not proud of the murderers on both sides.

Now people pick on Sweden...Don't bother. The US is very proud of their legacy of violence.

Ending a human life any way it happens is a waste. It's all for profit of the country who goes into it and it's associates.
21:01 July 26, 2012 by heyhere407
No one deserves to die for invasion into other country.

Maybe he earns more for being in the army because of his family and enjoys kill, abuse and torture prisoners
11:25 July 29, 2012 by rise
#22

The word "fredsbevarande" (peacekeeping) isn't used that much anymore. At least not in Sweden. The word assumes there's now peace and the only thing left to do is upholding it. Instead a truer and more honest word is being used: "fredsframtvingande", which may be translated into something like peace-enforcing.

But still whatever word's being used people dies in the same way. :(
15:47 July 29, 2012 by smilingjack
search google for ( bob hale crusades for a quick chuckle ) guy is hilarious. note use of palestine as it should be rightly called.

check the kill stats from nato and the USA. the taliban target squad leaders. sgts and above. on the usa death list they read out each week 90% are sgts. the taliban know exactly who they are killing. kill the sgt and the squad falls to pieces. anyone who thinks the nato's forces are fighting "evil" is seriously deluded. the yanks are continuing the christian crusades and wont stop until they are wiped out themselves. any dead nato soldier is a good thing. they sooner they bugger off back to their own countries the better for us all. unfortunately iran being a muslim country will be attacked by the christian forces sooner or later. I note in australia we get the daily islam bad christians good proganda in every paper and the news.
22:17 August 4, 2012 by Lotus2035
This guy died for US corporate and military interests nothing more.

WW2 quenched the European blood-lust once and for all. The fact remains that the USA and it's citizens have never experienced the horrors of modern warfare on a grand scale on their own soil. If they did it would most certainly change their warmongering tune. It's easy to be cocky when your own families and neighborhoods aren't in danger of being obliterated.
Today's headlines
Business & Money
American sales squeeze Ericsson profits
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg presents the third-quarter earnings report at the company's headquarters in Kista. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

American sales squeeze Ericsson profits

Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson reported a decline in net profit in the third quarter despite an increase in sales, boosted by business in emerging markets. READ  

Interview
'Too many concerts feel the same'
Sofar hosts secret gigs in Swedish apartments. Photo: Sofar

'Too many concerts feel the same'

Kattis Bjork founded Stockholm's secret gig scene - Sofar - a year ago. The Local caught up with her as she prepared to celebrate the project's anniversary this weekend and revealed the concept will spread to other Swedish cities in 2015. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden calls off suspect submarine search
Ships are returning to shore in Sweden. Photo: TT

Sweden calls off suspect submarine search

The core search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters has been called off. The armed forces said they remained convinced foreign underwater activity had taken place but had not identified an intruder. READ  

Business & Money
US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks
Ed Carbaugh prepares to install parts on a truck engine on an assembly line at Volvo Trucks' powertrain manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, March 2014. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks

Sweden's Volvo, the world's second-largest maker of trucks, said Friday it saw a spike in profits in the third quarter, boosted by thriving sales in the US and Japanese markets. READ  

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery
Cigarettes and beer photo: Shutterstock

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery

Inspectors who were sent to shut down a doctor’s surgery in Gothenburg were physically attacked and fled the premises to get help from the police. READ  

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water
A Swede loads a car with alcohol in northern Germany. File photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water

Swedish police say they will pay a man 16,000 kronor ($2,200) in damages after much of the alcohol they confiscated from him was stolen, while many of the bottles they returned were filled with water. READ  

Diplomacy
US to get first female ambassador in Sweden
File photo: Athena Center for Leadership Studies

US to get first female ambassador in Sweden

The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. READ  

Neo-Nazi attacks
Neo-Nazis cleared of knife attack on Nigerian
Police intervene after neo-Nazis attack an anti-Nazi rally in Kärrtorp, December 2013. Photo: Hampus Andersson/TT

Neo-Nazis cleared of knife attack on Nigerian

A Stockholm court has cleared three neo-Nazis of stabbing a Nigerian man in an unprovoked attack. But two of the men will face jail after they were convicted of racial agitation at a riot. READ  

Julian Assange
Assange court ruling expected on Monday
Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in the UK. Photo: Anthony Devlin

Assange court ruling expected on Monday

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can expect the next court ruling on his case to take place on Monday October 27th in Stockholm. READ  

Politics
Sweden to get EU 'Christmas present'
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at an EU summit in Brussels this week. Photo: TT

Sweden to get EU 'Christmas present'

Sweden is set to get 1.2 billion kronor ($168 million) back from the EU on December 1st, according to leaked EU documents which suggest that other European countries will have to make large top-up payments this year. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
Blog updates

24 October

Editor’s blog, October 24th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Get ready to read our weekly digest of Swedish news in less than 60 seconds. The..." READ »

 

24 October

Is darkness weather? (Blogweiser) »

"I try very hard not to talk about the weather. This has come after a decade..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

991
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN