PORTLAND, Ore. – An Oregon soldier was killed Monday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.
Spc. Mabry J. Anders, 21, of Baker City died of injuries he suffered from enemy fire in Kalagush.
NATO said Anders was shot and killed by an Afghan soldier. An Afghan military spokesman said it was accidental. It wasn't immediately clear if that was the shooting that killed Anders.
Sgt. Christopher J. Birdwell, 25, of Windsor, Colo. was also killed by gunfire.
Both soldiers were assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, part of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division.
They were awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously.
Anders was on his first deployment. He was due to return home in about four months.
In a Facebook post, Anders joked about the big homecoming events that he saw other soldiers greeted with, saying "you know when I get home I won't have very many if anyone standing there waiting for me when I hop off the plane. Instead it will be me and a few homeboys, going to get a huge greasy nasty American burger... then a few beers, and then who knows. That's enough for me though, it's just funny to see these huge homecoming parties."
Memorial details have not yet been released.