10th Mountain Specialist Mark J. Downer was killed in action in Kandahar on 5th August 2011 when enemy forces fired a rocket-propelled grenade at his unit. He died from injuries received from the blast.
23-year-old Spc. Downer, from Warner Robins, Georgia, was a combat medic serving with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, based at Fort Drum, New York. He joined the Army in December 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan in March this year.
Spc. Downer leaves his parents and a child.