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Army 1st Lt. Thomas M. Martin

Died October 14, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

27, of Ward, Ark.; assigned to 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Oct. 14 in Al Busayifi, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire during combat operations.

Alaska governor honors soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska — Governor Sarah Palin has offered her condolences to the family and friends of a Fort Richardson soldier who died Oct. 14 in Iraq.

First Lieutenant Thomas M. Martin of Ward, Arkansas, died when insurgents attacked his unit during combat operations in Al Busayifi, Iraq.

The 27-year-old Martin was a cavalry scout officer who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2005 and was assigned to the Alaska fort in June 2006.

He was assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

Palin will fly an Alaska flag over the state Capitol in his honor.

The flag will be sent along with a letter of condolence to his family.

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