Decorated U.S. Army Spc. William R. Moody, 30, of Burleson and three other soldiers were killed Tuesday in an enemy attack of the Bagram, Afghanistan, Air Base, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack. Insurgents fired two rockets into the air base near the Afghan capital of Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said.
Wounds from the indirect fire from those rockets killed Moody, Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, of Beech Island, S.C.; and Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, Wash.
Moody, a motor transport operator, was assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colo., with Alt and Ellis. Johnson was assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade in Fort Eustis, Va. Alt was formerly of Killeen.
The 2002 graduate of Burleson High School joined the Army in 2004 and was serving in his third tour in Afghanistan: deployed from May 2009-April 2010, August 2010-August 2011 and since November 2012.
He had earned 13 awards for service. Among his decorations were the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, two medals for good conduct, the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terror Service Medal.
The Army was unable to confirm details as to the arrival of Moody's remains in Burleson.