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Army Sgt. Israel P. O’Bryan

Died June 11, 2010 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


24, of Newbern, Tenn.; assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died June 11 in Jalula, Iraq, of wounds suffered in a suicide car bombing. Also killed was Army Spc. William C. Yauch.

Flags to fly at half-staff in SD for slain soldier

The Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Mike Rounds is asking that all flags in South Dakota be flown at half-staff on Monday in honor of a slain soldier who is being laid to rest.

Army Sgt. Israel O'Bryan, 24, of Newbern, Tenn., was killed in Iraq earlier this month. His wife, Brenna, is from Sisseton.

Israel O'Bryan's funeral service and burial are Monday afternoon in Wilmot.

O'Bryan was assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state


Married another soldier; had a 1-year-old son

The Associated Press

Israel “Izzy” O’Bryan found love in the military.

Not necessarily with his career but with the woman he wound up marrying — Brenna — who had been a soldier in the same brigade as O’Bryan. They had a son together, 1-year-old Turner.

His dedication to his family is evident on his Facebook page: “My life revolves around benefiting my family in any way that I can even if I have to do something that I hate.”

O’Bryan, 24, of Newbern, Tenn., was killed by a suicide bomber June 11 in Jalula, Iraq. He was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

An obituary published online said O’Bryan graduated from Dyer County High School in Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee-Martin for a time. He enlisted in the Army in 2006.

The obituary says he was active in boxing, soccer and baseball and also “enjoyed a good shopping day!” While his Facebook page indicates how seriously he took his duty to his wife and daughter, it also suggests a sense of humor. One of the quotes he posted reads, “Nobody worries about rearranging the seats on the Titanic.”

Among others surviving O’Bryan are his mother and father, and his stepmother and stepfather.

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