Fort Bragg Based Army Private Dies In Explosion In Baghdad

The Department of Defense says a soldier based in North Carolina has died while fighting in Iraq.

The military said Wednesday that 20-year-old Pfc. Ricky Turner of Athens, Ala., died Friday in Baghdad after a bomb exploded near his unit. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort

Turner's father, James Lee Turner, told WHNT-TV in Alabama that his son wanted to join the military to stand up for his country, and that he died doing what he wanted to do. He said the military told him an improvised explosive device blew up the military vehicle his son was riding in.

Information about Pfc. Turner's awards and honors was not
immediately available.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Aunt Vickie Location: Elkmont, Alabama on Feb 13, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    I just want to say how proud I was of my nephew...the family will miss him...He was his fathers only child...their will be no others...This is what Ricky Lee chose to do with his life...He was doing what he wanted...his motto was" do or die trying"...he gave all he had to give...His LIFE...May He Rest In Peace...His War is Over
  • by Leigh Location: Eastern NC on Jan 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    Rest in Peace. May God wrap His supportive and loving arms around this soldiers family. They will be in my thoughts and prayers and he will. Semper Fi.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 22, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    Thank you PFC Turner for protecting both the grateful and the ungrateful. Condolences to your family. Semper Fi.
  • by J a Marine wife Location: Camp Lejeune on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    I meant Soldier. I apologize.
  • by J a Marine wife Location: Camp Lejeune on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    Rest in peace Solder. Semper Fi. Thoughts & prayers to his family & those who knew him.

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