OAKLAND -- A Hayward special forces soldier was killed from small-arms fire while serving in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Sunday.
Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom, 31, died last Thursday at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany of wounds suffered from small-arms fire on March 18.
Grissom was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) and was fatally wounded in Paktika Province, Afghanistan during his first deployment to the country.
Grissom enlisted in the Army in June 2003 after earning an associate degree in computer animation from the Art Institute of San Francisco.
The Mt. Eden High School graduate joined the Army through its 18X Special Forces Enlistment Program and graduated a special forces qualifications course in 2005.
Grissom was first deployed to Iraq in 2009, then was reassigned to the 4th Battalion and sent to Afghanistan in 2012 as an engineer sergeant.
Grissom was based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He is survived by his wife, parents and sister.