WOODBURY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A soldier from Cannon County is fighting for his life following injuries sustained last weekend in Afghanistan.
Franz Walkup, a fire support specialist from Woodbury, was injured in a firefight between U.S. forces and their Afghan Army allies.
The fighting started Saturday when what is believed to have been a mortar fired by insurgents struck a checkpoint set up by U.S. forces in the Wardak province.
The Americans thought they were under attack from a nearby Afghan army checkpoint and fired on it, prompting the Afghan soldiers to return fire.
The Afghan Defense Ministry said the gun battle was the result of a “misunderstanding.”
According to Cannon County radio station WBRY, Walkup was shot in the upper abdomen and has damage to several organs and hips.
He is currently hospitalized in Germany.
Walkup’s brother, Frank Walkup IV, was killed by an explosion in Iraq in June of 2007.
A Facebook page, Staying Strong for Franz, has been set up for those who would like to show their support to the family.