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Army Sgt. 1st Class Amos C. Edwards Jr.

Died February 17, 2006 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

41, of Savannah, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard, Savannah, Ga.; died Feb. 17 from a non-combat-related cause in Rutbah, Iraq.

Savannah soldier dies of apparent heart attack

ATLANTA — A soldier from Georgia’s 48th Brigade Combat Team has died from a non-combat related injury, Department of Defense officials said Monday.

Sgt. 1st Class Amos C. Edwards Jr., 41, of Savannah, Ga., died Friday in Ar Rutbah, Iraq, Defense Department officials said in a statement.

He was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment.

Defense Department officials said the incident was under investigation.

No other information was immediately available from the Defense Department.

1st Lt. Selena Owens, a spokeswoman for the 48th Brigade, said Edwards died of an apparent heart attack.

His death brings to 26 the number of 48th soldiers who have died since the unit was sent to the Middle East in May. Sixteen were killed in combat, and the others died in vehicle accidents or other nonhostile incidents.

Owens said Edwards was at Camp Korea Village in Iraq’s western desert close to the Syrian and Jordanian borders. The unit has been providing security for supply convoys from Jordan to bases in western Iraq since November.’

The 48th Brigade has more than 2,500 Georgians and nearly 2,000 soldiers from other states including Maryland, Rhode Island, Illinois and Alabama serving in Iraq.

— Associated Press

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