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Army Pfc. Raheen Tyson Heighter

Died July 24, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, Bay Shore, N.Y.; assigned to the 2/320th Field Artillery, Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed when his convoy came under enemy fire north of Hawd, Iraq, on July 24.

Pfc. Raheen Tyson Heighter recently wrote to his mother from Iraq, saying he was fine and urging his family not to worry.

“Time goes by like a continuous Groundhog Day over here,” he wrote in a letter dated June 20. “In the beginning, there was a lot of bloodshed, but now it’s all over. The good news is I will be coming home in September — October at the latest.”

Heighter was one of three soldiers killed July 24 when their convoy was ambushed. He was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.

“He was a good boy and a phenomenal talent,” his uncle Ron Adams said. “He would display his work at arts festivals. No matter what he was doing, he aspired to be best.”

— Associated Press

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