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Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy A. Sutton

Died February 7, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

42, of Tupelo, Miss., assigned to 223rd Engineer Battalion, 168th Engineer Brigade, Mississippi National Guard, West Point, Miss.; died Feb. 7 at FOB Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan of a noncombat medical condition.

Friends, family honor guardsman who died in Afghanistan

The Associated Press

TUPELO, Miss. — Sgt. Billy Sutton’s family and friends remember him as a great leader and a friend to everyone.

The 42-year-old from Mooreville died Feb. 7 of a medical condition while serving in Afghanistan. It was his third tour in the Middle East with the Army National Guard’s 228th Sapper Company out of Houston. He was the leader of the platoon, which he nicknamed the Honey Badgers.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Brig. Gen. Augustus Collins spoke at Sutton’s funeral on Saturday in Tupelo. Collins said Sutton stayed with the Guard after a 2005 tour in Iraq that would have made many people quit.

Friends and family said that outside of the military, Sutton enjoyed duck hunting, training dogs, shooting his many guns and all things Elvis.

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