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Army Cpl. Nathan B. Carse

Died February 8, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


32, of Harrod, Ohio; assigned to 2nd Engineer Battalion, 176th Engineer Brigade, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; died Feb. 8 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Said to family he wanted to take life in ‘different route’

Staff and wire reports

A New Mexico-based soldier was killed Feb. 8 in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.

Cpl. Nathan B. Carse, 32, of Harrod, Ohio, died when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 176th Engineer Brigade, out of White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

His sister, Kristin Purdy, told The Lima (Ohio) News her brother earned a master’s degree in engineering and was working in that field in Louisiana last year when he told the family he wanted to take his life in a “different route.” Carse’s father had served as a Green Beret, she said.


Governor orders flags at half-staff to honor soldier

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered all flags in New Mexico to be flown at half-staff until sundown Saturday to honor a fallen soldier who was based at the White Sands Missile Range.

The Department of Defense says Army Cpl. Nathan Carse of Harrod, Ohio, died Feb. 8 of wounds he received when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

The 32-year-old Carse was a combat engineer assigned to the southern New Mexico missile range’s 2nd Engineer Battalion, 176th Engineer Brigade.

A missile range spokeswoman says Carse was assigned to the range in June 2010 and was deployed to Afghanistan last September.

Martinez says she signed an executive order for the flags Thursday “as a symbol of appreciation and mourning” for Carse.

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