- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
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- Operation Iraqi Freedom
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- Operation Odyssey Lightning
- U.S. Central Command operations
- The People Behind The Sacrifice
Army Sgt. Nathaniel Hart Jr.
Died July 28, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
29, of Valdosta, Ga.; assigned to the 416th Transportation Company, 260th Quartermaster Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; died of injuries he received when his vehicle went off the road and rolled over on July 28 in Tillil, Iraq.
The Army was a family tradition for Sgt. Nathaniel Hart Jr., whose father and grandfather both served, but his loved ones remember him as much more than a soldier. To them, Hart was a family man who loved to take his two sons fishing and camping. He was a devout Christian who served as a youth pastor, sang in the choir and played drums in the church band.
“I believe he was as big a hero in life as he is in death,” said Hart’s sister, Valarie Lowry. “He was a good example for everybody. His love and kindness were what he was known for. He was sweet in spirit.”
Lowry said her brother’s wife, Erica, was in shock over his death and the realization that she would be raising their sons, 7-year-old Nathaniel III and 5-year-old Gabriel, without him. “He had a big role in his family’s life and his sons’ lives,” Lowry said.
— Associated Press