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Army Sgt. Anthony O. Magee

Died April 27, 2010 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

29, of Hattiesburg, Miss.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.; died April at Landstul Regional Medical Center, Germany of wounds sustained April 24 at Contingency Operating Base Kalsu, Iskandariyah, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.

‘He had a great sense of humor, he had the biggest heart’

The Associated Press

Anthony Magee was always laughing and making other people smile, friends and family said.

“He was a great man with a big heart,” said Courtney Magee, his wife of two months. “Whoever needed help, he was there to help them. He touched a lot of people’s lives because he had such a big heart.”

The 29-year-old soldier from Hattiesburg, Miss., died April 27 from wounds he suffered three days earlier when his unit was attacked in Iskandariyah, Iraq. He was assigned to Fort Benning, N.C.

Magee graduated from Hattiesburg High School in 2000. His brother said he was serving his second tour in Iraq.

The soldier’s ninth-grade algebra teacher, Leisha Weathersby, said he was a sincere and hard-working young man.

“It was an honor and privilege to teach him, and I wish I had 101 students like him,” Weathersby said.

Magee’s uncle, Dennis Davis, said the soldier was “one of the nicest young men you’d ever want to come into contact with.”

“He had a great sense of humor, he had the biggest heart, which you can see by him being an organ donor,” Davis said.

Among Magee’s survivors are a 5-year-old son, his parents and three siblings.

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