UPDATED: Funeral Plans Set For National Guardsman Killed In Iraq

A funeral for a North Carolina National Guard soldier killed last week in Iraq is planned for Wednesday.

The obituary of 39-year-old Spc. Robert L. Bittiker of Jacksonville says he will be buried Wednesday morning. The service will be held at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville and he will be buried with military honors.

Bittiker and three other soldiers were in a vehicle that was hit by the roadside bomb June 29 in Baghdad. The soldiers were members
of the National Guard's 120th Combined Arms Battalion in Wilmington.

His obituary said Bittiker enlisted in the National Guard in
1990 and previously served in Bosnia and Iraq. He worked for Morton Trucking Company and owned a taxi in Jacksonville.

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Four members of a North Carolina National Guard unit, based in Jacksonville, have been killed in Iraq.

The flag at the National Guard Armory in Jacksonville is flying at half-staff.

The four members belong to A Company, 120th Combined Arms Battalion and died in an attack Monday.

The National Guard identified them as Edward Chester Kramer, 39, of Wilmington, Sgt. Roger Leeroy Adams, Jr., 36, of Jacksonville, Sgt. Carlos Baldeosingh, a hospital security guard and Sgt. Robert Bittiker of Jacksonville.

Friday we spoke to Sergeant Bittiker's mother, Mary Wheat about the unexpected and tragic death of her son. She found out about his death Tuesday, after watching the news about the war in Iraq.

The Bittiker family expects to have a funeral for their son sometime next week.

A memorial service will also be held Monday at Carteret General Hospital for Sergeant Carlos Baldeosingh.

Co-workers say Baldeosingh was killed in Baghdad on Monday, a day before the U.S. pulled its forces out of the Iraqi capital.

Baldeosingh was on leave from his job as a security guard at Carteret General Hospital.

Bittiker's stepfather, Brian Wheat, told WITN News that the sergeant was killed with riding in a Humvee with the other guardsmen. Bittiker leaves behind a wife and two children.

Baldeosingh's wife told the hospital all four men were part of her husband's company.

These most recent deaths bring to 15 the total number of North Carolina National Guard Soldiers killed in action since September 11,2001.

Flags at the hospital are at half-staff, while other security officers on Friday had black bands over their badges. The hospital plans to hold a memorial for Baldeosingh on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

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  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jul 24, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    My hero. My condolences to his family. None of them will NEVER be forgotten. RIP, E. Pickett.
  • by 30th HBCT Soldier Location: Baghdad on Jul 9, 2009 at 04:45 AM
    Larry, you are absolutely right. The DID sign up to fight, and they DID know they could die just like the thousands before them... and THAT's what makes them heroes.
  • by Ron Location: Aco 1/120th Iraq on Jul 8, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    Larry will you stop unless you really like ticking people off! You have shown on every level you are stupid heartless and uncaring.These men have children old enough to read, work a computer. Now what if they come across some of your stupid COMMENTS. If you dont respect the Soldiers try their families. Maybe if evryone is saying you wrong maybe you are wrong. One day you will die remember your words. Now as a Friend to to four soldiers I tried to talk to you but you have no common sense when it come to people. Your comments are rude unjust and just plain stupid. Now give it a rest and that my comment to you! If you want to talk me about this email me witn have it, or leave your email where people can see it and email you. Or do something else to get the attention you want or feel you need!
  • by Larry Location: Jacksonville on Jul 7, 2009 at 08:12 PM
    Post Your Comments? Oh, I guess i read this wrong....
  • by confused Location: reality on Jul 7, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    The first sentence says his funeral is scheduled for Friday but the article says his obituary says Wednesday, can you please clarify this?
  • by wolfhound23 Location: Morehead City on Jul 7, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    once a Marine always a Marine, once a Wolverine always a Wolverine, I know Aco thay are better then their active counterparts. God Bless all the 120th and their families. It hurts when a little brother falls
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2009 at 04:33 PM
    larry you miss it, respect people
  • by Larry Location: Jacksonville on Jul 6, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    You all have it wrong, Geeez, Im sorry but somehow you missed the whole point....
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    Larry I have a LIFE, I dont have to tick people off for attention. Im serving my country. If you feel you are so right put your email address up, call all the TV stations up show your face! And guess what larry you still need to shut up. You not that handicap, you online, I think you trying to form an idea into conversation. But you sound stupid doing so, and all you have done is upset people with enough heart to care!
  • by Emily Location: GVegas on Jul 6, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    LARRY...you are just a old grumpy man pi$$ed off at the world and God it seems!! Sounds like you have a had a pretty tough life and is just plain mad about it and pray off of everyone else's sadness! Maybe if you were a little more positive and prayed more, and did more than bring down everyone else around you, you might have a better life (from your comments seen up here). Sure it's their choice to enter in hopes to help this country, but they d**n sure dont want to die!!! Geez! Praying for you, these families, and all of the soliders fighting for your freedom!!!

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