Tacoma soldier died of Army mortar in Afghanistan



TACOMA — An Army report says a soldier who grew up in Tacoma and who died two years ago in Afghanistan was killed by friendly fire.

The Army had said 34-year-old Sgt. Nathan Wyrick was killed in October, 2011, by combat-related injuries at an outpost in the Kandahar province.

The report obtained by The News Tribune through a Freedom of Information Act request says a mortar round malfunctioned and landed on his tent. Six fellow soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, New York, were injured. The Army mortar was intended for an insurgent who fired at the outpost.

Wyrick left four sons and a wife at DuPont. He was a 1996 graduate of Franklin Pierce High School who played football. He had two previous deployments to Iraq.