Barstow Soldier Among US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan


Three U.S. soldiers were killed over the weekend during a joint U.S.-Afghan military operation in the Nangarhar province and one of them has been identified as a Barstow man.

According to a release from the Department of Defense, Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland; Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina were fatally shot on Saturday in Peka Valley during Operation Freedom's Sentinel. 

The three service members were fatally shot in an 'apparent insider attack' - also known as a "green-on-blue" incident because of the color-coding system used by NATO according to the release from the Department of Defense. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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