SPC Mabry James Anders, 21, of Baker City, Ore. was killed in action by enemy fire in Kalagush, Afghanistan on Aug. 27, 2012. Mabry was assigned to the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
He was born July 22, 1991, in Yuma, Ariz. He attended elementary school in both Basin and Greybull. He attended Baker City High School and Greybull High School and graduated in 2009. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2009. Mabry is the family’s third generation to serve in the military for the country.
A fun-loving young man, Mabry lived life to the fullest. He loved the outdoors, riding dirt bikes, off-roading in his Jeep, riding horses, hunting, fishing and flying. His fearless spirit, tremendous sense of humor, strong sense of friendship, encouragement and compassion touched many lives.
Mabry was dedicated to his family, friends and his brothers-in-arms. He loved serving his country and those he served with. “Mab” always gave everything his all, and in the end, he gave all that he had.
A friend quoted Mabry as saying, “If you want to learn something, learn how to live” — and Mabry knew how to live.
He is survived by his parents, Troy and Gen Woydziak of Baker City, Ore., and Dan and Gretchen Anders of Shell; his maternal grandmother, Donna Loecker of Basin; his paternal grandfather, Gary Anders of Greybull; additional grandparents, Greg and Ellie Woydziak of Baker City, Erik and Diana Saam of Shell and Sue Anders and Howard Sumner of Billings.
Donations in Mabry’s memory can be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or you can donate online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.