By The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The military says an Army Reserve soldier from east Mississippi has died in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense announced Tuesday in a news release that 55-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Coater B. Debose of State Line, Miss., died Sunday in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
Army spokeswoman Amanda C. Glenn said Debose was killed by small arms fire while conducting security operations. He deployed in April to train Afghan police in and around Kandahar. The death is under investigation.
Debose joined the Alabama Army National Guard in 1983. State Line, his hometown, is a small town southeast of Waynesboro, Miss., near the border of Mississippi and Alabama. He transferred to the Army Reserves in 2008.
Debose is survived by his wife, Juanita and several children: Latravis Debose of Moss Point, Miss., Caronica Jackson, of Hattiesburg, Miss., Christopher Debose, of Parris Island, S.C., Nekeshia Raybon, of Wright Patterson Air Force Base Dayton Ohio, and Broderick Debose, of Petal, Miss.
Funeral services and a unit memorial service are being planned.
Debose was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 351st Infantry Regiment, 158th Infantry Brigade, 1st Army Division East, Camp Shelby, Miss. The 158th trains other soldiers at Camp Shelby, a sprawling base near Hattiesburg, but the group also deploys overseas for missions.