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.

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