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Georgia Soldier, Injured 10 Years Ago In Afghanistan, Dies At 46

Master Sgt. Mark Allen’s injury left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak. He died Saturday.
Master Sgt. Mark Allen’s injury left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak. He died Saturday.
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A United States Army soldier who was severely injured 10 years ago while searching for Sgt. Bowe Berghdal in Afghanistan has died at his home just outside of Atlanta.

Master Sgt. Mark Allen was shot in the head in a firefight in Afghanistan in 2009. He was part of the unit searching for Bergdahl, who had left an Army outpost and was captured by the Taliban.

Allen’s injury left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak. He spent three years in a military hospital before returning to the U.S.

Bergdahl, who was eventually returned in a prisoner exchange, pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and received a dishonorable discharge.

Allen died Saturday at age 46. He leaves behind a wife and two children. His funeral is Friday in Loganville, Georgia.