CLARENCE, NY (WIVB)– WIVB has confirmed that former Clarence resident, Army Capt. Andrew D. Byers has been identified as one of two U.S. servicemen killed Thursday in northern Afghanistan.
Byers was 30 years old and the son of former Clarence School Board president David R. Byers.
He served in Afghanistan, the Republic of Congo and Italy earning the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and numerous other commendations. He was a graduate of West Point. He was also awarded the Special Forces Tab.
Byers, who was a Green Beret, was a part of a small but very elite group of specially trained soldiers in the U.S. Army.
Byers was currently living in Rolesville, North Carolina.
The other service member killed in the battle with the Taliban in Northern Afghanistan was Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, of Greensville, Pa.
The Clarence School District issued the following statement:
The Clarence Central School District and community mourn the tragic loss of Captain Andrew Byers who was killed in action during a battle in northern Afghanistan on November 3. Andrew, a Class of 2004 graduate, attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. Andrew’s parents, Rosemarie and David Byers, currently reside in Rolesville, North Carolina. David Byers was a member of the Clarence Board of Education from 1994–1999, and 2001–2007.
Lauren Byers, Andrew’s sister, said:
We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. Andy was an incredible guy who wanted to see everyone around him succeed. He loved his wife and his family and was committed to our country. He worked very hard to achieve his role in special forces. We are eternally blessed to have had him in our lives.