Beaverton, Ore. soldier killed in Afghanistan

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BEAVERTON, Ore. — The Pentagon has confirmed that a Special Forces soldier from Oregon has been killed in Afghanistan.

He was identified as 22-year-old Spc. Johnathan Pelham. A Department of Defense press release said he and another member of his battalion died Wednesday after they were hit by small arms fire.

His father, Wendall Pelham of Beaverton, told KGW-TV his son was an intelligence analyst on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon said he was in Kapisa Province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.