Battle Ground soldier killed in Afghanistan - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Battle Ground soldier killed in Afghanistan

Andrew Shields (courtesy: KATU-TV) Andrew Shields (courtesy: KATU-TV)
Andrew Shields (courtesy: KATU-TV) Andrew Shields (courtesy: KATU-TV)

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A 19-year-old Army airborne combat medic from Battle Ground, Washington, has been killed while serving in Afghanistan.

The Army says Pvt. Andrew Jon Shields had been in that country for only about two months. He had been serving in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan with the 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, out of Bamberg, Germany.

The Army says Shields and another soldier died Saturday in Jalalabad City of wounds suffered when their vehicle struck an explosive.

Shields was a 2007 graduate of Battle Ground High School, where he was a track and football athlete. He was the son of Clark County sheriff's Deputy Jon Shields.

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