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Army Sgt. Joshua L. Morley

Died August 26, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Boise, Idaho; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Aug. 26 in Samarra, Iraq, of wounds sustained when the enemy attacked his unit during combat operations. Also killed was Spc. Tracy C. Willis.

Family: Fort Bragg soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — A Fort Bragg-based soldier died in Iraq without ever meeting his baby daughter, family members said Aug. 27.

Josh Morley, 22, died Aug. 26 in southern Iraq after he and a comrade came under fire, family members said. It’s wasn’t immediately clear if Morley was one of the two soldiers who died Aug. 26 in a firefight in Samarra that saw a dozen insurgents killed.

Morley is survived by his wife, Kendra, and a daughter, who was born in April, said Irene Brevard, Morley’s aunt.

“Josh was a fine young man that wanted to serve his country so that the rest of us could have our freedom,” she said.

Morley was born in Hendersonville, said his father, Joe Morley, but Joe Morley’s career in the Army took the family to different cities. “Hendersonville was as much of a hometown as he ever knew,” said Joe Morley, who lives in Carthage.

He said Josh Morley’s mother, Sara, lives in Apex. Josh and Kendra Morley had been living at Fort Bragg, where Josh Morley was in the 505th Parachute Infantry, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, family members said.

Joe Morley said Josh’s mother, Sara, now lives in Apex.

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