Maine soldier had misgivings about Afghan police

Posted Dec. 02, 2010, at 2:20 p.m.
This combination of 6 undated photos provided by the U.S. Army shows from the top left, Pvt. Buddy W. McLain of Mexico, Maine; Pvt. Austin G. Staggs of Senoia, Ga.; Sgt. Barry E. Jarvis of Tell City, Ind.; and bottom from left,  Spec. Matthew W. Ramsey of Quartz Hill, Calif.; Pfc. Jacob A. Gassen of Beaver Dam, Wis.; and Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes of Athens, Ohio. The six U.S. soldiers were killed by a rogue Afghan policeman on Monday Nov. 29, 2010 when the border policeman turned his gun on his American trainers as the group headed to shooting practice. The gunman was killed in the shootout in Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)
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This combination of 6 undated photos provided by the U.S. Army shows from the top left, Pvt. Buddy W. McLain of Mexico, Maine; Pvt. Austin G. Staggs of Senoia, Ga.; Sgt. Barry E. Jarvis of Tell City, Ind.; and bottom from left, Spec. Matthew W. Ramsey of Quartz Hill, Calif.; Pfc. Jacob A. Gassen of Beaver Dam, Wis.; and Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes of Athens, Ohio. The six U.S. soldiers were killed by a rogue Afghan policeman on Monday Nov. 29, 2010 when the border policeman turned his gun on his American trainers as the group headed to shooting practice. The gunman was killed in the shootout in Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

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.

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