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Fallen Heroes: Operation Iraqi Freedom

 

This page is dedicated to the memory of Lauderdale County's soldiers, sailors and airmen of Operation Iraqi Freedom who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Once a soldier myself. and member of a burial squad serving heroes of another war, I cannot now enter a cemetery without hearing the haunting tones of Taps being played by a lone bugler from a place just over the horizon.  It is a solemn and fitting salute.  May God bless them.


Sgt. 1st Class Clarence D. McSwain
Age: 31 years

Died: June 8, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Assigned to: U.S. Army, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Official Report: SFC McSwain died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky

According to the Associated Press McSwain's sister said the he "believed hw was protecting his family and his country by serving in the Middle East.  This was his fifth overseas deployment in his 12 year military career."


Spc. Robert A. McNail
Age: 30 years

Died: June 8, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Assigned to:  Army National Guard's 150th Combat Engineer Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team, Quitman, Miss.

Official Report:  Spc. Robert A. McNail, 30, of Meridian, Miss., died Feb. 11 in Iskandariyah, Iraq, when his HMMVW struck another military vehicle.

In an interview with Holbrook Mohr of the AP, Robert's father, Marvin McNail, said 的知 very proud of my son. He did what he thought had to be done. I値l miss him but I知 a career military person and I知 proud that both my sons saw fit to serve their country.

Spc. Robert S. Pugh
Age:  25 years

Assigned To:  Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry, McComb, Mississippi.

Official Report: Pugh died 2 March 2005 in Iskandariyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle.

SGT Pugh was a platoon medic for A Company/ 1-155 Infantry. SGT Pugh'sSilver Star platoon was conducting a combat patrol in a hostile area. While providing security for a group of engineer soldiers, an Improvised Explosive Device detonated seriously wounding SGT Pugh and SFC Ellis Martin. Although in extreme pain, SGT Pugh directed treatment instructions to the members of his platoon for both he and SFC Martin. He remained calm and continued to give instructions until the medical evacuation helicopter arrived. Unfortunately, SGT Pugh passed away on route to the hospital. However, his heroic actions saved the life of SFC Martin. SGT Pugh is a true hero who was more concerned for the treatment of his fellow comrade than himself. For his actions, SGT Pugh was awarded the Silver Star posthumously.


 

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