Maine soldier had misgivings about Afghan police

Posted Dec. 02, 2010, at 2:20 p.m.

PERU, Maine — The wife of a Maine soldier killed by an Afghan police officer says he had misgivings about training and arming Afghans.

Chelsea McLain of Peru, Maine, says Pvt. Buddy McLain expressed his concern a week before his death. She said he told her he was going on a dangerous mission. She told the Sun Journal, “He didn’t think it was right to train these people and give them guns.”

Buddy McLain was a cavalry scout with the 101st Airborne Division. He deployed from Fort Campbell, Ky., on Aug. 24, 2010, which was his son Owen’s first birthday.

He was one of six soldiers killed Monday when the border policeman turned his gun on his trainers. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the officer had enlisted as a sleeper agent.