Hometown Will Honor Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) - The hometown of a soldier killed in a firefight with al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan will name a new athletic complex in his honor.

The complex behind Alliance High School will be named for Spc. Marc A. Anderson, 30, of Brandon, Fla., who was killed Monday with six other U.S. servicemen.

He graduated in 1990 from Alliance High School, where he was a standout shot putter and wrestled and played football. The community is located about 50 miles southeast of Cleveland.

"I called Marc's parents this morning and asked their permission to set up a fund in Marc's name and to put his name on the building, and they graciously accepted," Superintendent Arthur Garnes said Thursday.

His mother said her son wouldn't have expected any honor.

"I know he was a good kid, and he never would have asked for any of this. I guess if you're going to build a complex, you should name it for someone who died for his country," Judy Anderson said.

Anderson (pictured, above) studied mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland for two years before leaving for Florida State University, where he majored in math.

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