A soldier assigned to Fort Drum in northern New York died in Afghanistan in a friendly fire incident, according to the Pentagon and news reports.
Specialist Terry J. Hurne, 34, of a resident of Merced, California, died June 9, in Logar province, Afghanistan, from fatal wounds suffered in what the Pentagon called a "non-combat related incident."
Several reports indicated that Hurne was among the five U.S. soldiers killed in a friendly fire airstrike.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Thursday in Hurne's honor.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my sincere condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Specialist Hurne," Cuomo said in a statement. "We join with them in mourning the loss of this soldier and we will remember his service to our nation with pride."
Hurne joined the Army in July 2009 and became a utilities equipment repairer, the military said. He served in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012 and returned for another tour in November 2013, the Army said. Among his awards and decorations are two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, and many more.
He was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum.
Hurne is survived by his wife, mother and father.