- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A man from the tiny town of Sprague who loved sports and the outdoors was identified Wednesday as one of five soldiers killed in this week’s friendly fire airstrike in Afghanistan.

Family members confirmed the death of Justin Clouse, 22, in Monday’s attack.

Clouse was a multi-sport athlete at Sprague High School, about 30 miles west of Spokane. He enrolled in the Army shortly after graduating.

Orville Clouse said Wednesday his grandson was planning to leave the military next spring and get married.

“He was an awesome man,” said Orville Clouse, of Spokane. “He was outgoing, and yet quiet.

“He was always a hard-working and ambitious kid.”

Justin Clouse’s parents departed Wednesday for a military base in Delaware, where his body will return to the U.S., Orville Clouse said.

Residents of the town of 550 people gave them a community send-off Wednesday morning.

Justin Clouse enlisted in the Army in 2010 and was on his second tour in Afghanistan.

He loved fishing and hunting, and he played basketball and football in school, family members said. In basketball he was the team captain and the most valuable player his senior year.

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