February 11, 2011
HARROD â?? Funeral arrangements for Nathan Carse are on hold today as his family awaits the return of the Harrod soldier's body from Afghanistan.Army Spc. Nathan B. Carse, 32, the son of an Army Green Beret veteran, died Tuesday in Kandahar province. His remains arrived Wednesday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, a spokeswoman for his unit confirmed.Carse, a 1997 graduate of Allen East High School, was an engineer assigned to the Army's 2nd Engineer Battalion, 176th Engineer Brigade, based at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. White Sands Chief of Public Affairs Monte Marlin said Carse died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.Carse's mother, Janis Hays Carse, met the military flight carrying her son when it landed at Dover. His sister, Kristin Purdy, said her mother's brother and a cousin, Brad Hays and Jackie Sperling, both of Ada, accompanied her mother. They returned Thursday. An officer with the military's Casualty Assistance Office drove them to and from the airport in Columbus, Purdy said. Purdy said it could be five days or longer before her brother's body returns to Harrod. His remains will be flown to Columbus or Dayton, she said. Funeral arrangements by Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Ada have not been finalized.A memorial service also will take place at the White Sands military base, Marlin said. Carse gave up a civilian engineering career to join the Army a year ago at age 31. He held a bachelor's degree in biology from Capital University in Columbus and a master's in engineering from Lousiana State University. He was unmarried and had no children but he doted on his four nephews, said Brown and Kristin Purdy, a sister of Carse.He followed in the tradition of his father, the late Charles Carse, who served the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam and the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C., during the Vietnam War.Another Allen East graduate, Pfc. Curtis Yetman, 21, is recovering from combat injuries he suffered Jan. 7 in Afghanistan. By coincidence, both Yetman and Carse were catchers for the Allen East Mustangs baseball team.You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.