A 21-year-old soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord died Wednesday of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked in southern Afghanistan.

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A 21-year-old soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord died Wednesday of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked in southern Afghanistan.

Spc. Philip Schiller, of Colony, Texas, served with the 3rd (Stryker Combat Team) Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in Kandahar province, which has been a stronghold of the Taliban insurgency.

Schiller enlisted in the Army in June 2010, and arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in November 2010, and was assigned to the brigade’s 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment.

Schiller’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal.

Schiller’s brigade departed Lewis-McChord last December for a 12-month deployment in southern Afghanistan. He was the second soldier from that brigade to die in Afghanistan this year. In January, 1st Lt. David Johnson, 24, died from wound suffered when a bomb blew up while he was on foot patrol.

The 3rd brigade is one of two Lewis-McChord Stryker brigades in Afghanistan this year.

This month, the 2nd (Stryker Combat Team), 2nd Infantry Division, has troops departing Lewis-McChord to Afghanistan for a nine month deployment.

Hal Bernton: 206-464-2581 or hbernton@seattletimes.com