A Missouri soldier died in Afghanistan as the month of May came to a close.

The Defense Department reports that Specialist James Finley of Lebanon died May 31st in Jalalabad City, Afghanistan. Finley and 19-year-old Private Andrew Shields of Battleground, Washington, were killed by a improvised explosive device that heavily damaged their vehicle. Finley was assigned to the 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team stationed in Bamberg, Germany.

Finley was 21.