WASHINGTON (WNCN) – A 30-year-old from Rolesville was one of two U.S. service members killed on Nov. 3 in Afghanistan.
Capt. Andrew D. Byers, 30, of Rolesville died while engaging enemy forces as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
Byers received more than a dozen medals, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, during his eight years of military service.
Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, who is a veteran, has ordered the Town’s flags be flown at half staff for Byers.
Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, of Greenville, Pennsylvania was also killed.
Byers and Gloyer were assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colorado.
According to defense officials, the U.S. Army soldiers had gotten off a helicopter and were moving on foot with Afghan forces doing clearing operations in Kunduz province.
The defense officials said the troops came under fire and returned fire, but it wasn’t clear whether it was gunfire or other larger rounds.
Two of the U.S. troops were killed and four others were injured. Two of the injured had more serious wounds and were taken away by medevac.
The officials said the troops called for support, and the U.S. launched airstrikes. They said they believe the troops were hit by enemy fire and were not killed or injured by the airstrikes. All of the U.S. troops were evacuated from the area.
Taliban fighters briefly overran the city of Kunduz, the provincial capital with the same name, in early October, a show of strength by the insurgents that also highlighted the troubles facing local Afghan forces 15 years after the U.S.-led invasion of the country.
The Taliban captured and held parts of Kunduz a year earlier as well before the city was fully liberated weeks later with the help of U.S. airstrikes.