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Army Spc. Carter A. Gamble Jr.

Died June 24, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

24 of Brownstown, Ind.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.; died June 24 in Duraiya, Iraq, of wounds sustained from enemy small-arms fire.

Southern Indiana soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

SEYMOUR, Ind. — A soldier from southern Indiana was serving a second tour of duty in Iraq when he was killed, his uncle said.

Army Spc. Carter A. Gamble Jr., 24, of Seymour, died June 24 in Duraiya from wounds he suffered from enemy small-arms fire, the military said. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Benning, Ga.

On June 25, the Department of Defense listed his hometown as Brownstown. The department now says the soldier’s home of record on his enlistment papers was Seymour.

Gamble’s uncle, Jackson County Sheriff Marc Lahrman, told The (Seymour) Tribune on June 26 that his nephew actually grew up in Georgia. He believes the military listed his address as Brownstown because he spent a summer there with his grandparents.

He was married to Peggy Bowling of Seymour, who lives in Fort Benning. They have a 2-year-old daughter, and Bowling is pregnant with their second child, Lahrman said.

Gamble was the 87th member of the military from Indiana to have died since February 2003 after being sent to the Middle East for the war in Iraq.

Family remembers soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

Army Spc. Carter A. Gamble Jr. had been asked by his wife to choose a name for the baby she was carrying.

“I’d sent him the ultrasounds,” said Peggy Boling Gamble. “He was so excited when he found out we were having a little boy.”

Gamble, 24, of Seymour, Ind., was killed June 24 in Duraiya, Iraq, from small-arms fire. He was assigned to Fort Benning, Ga., and was on his second tour.

“After being out awhile and growing up some more, he figured out that it was for him,” said his aunt, Angie Lahrman. “He was making plans for a military career.”

Gamble’s first tour of duty was a rough time in part because his mother had just died and a fire destroyed his unit’s tents and uniforms in Iraq. Still, he went back.

“Oh, he had butterflies,” his wife said. “But he wasn’t really afraid of getting hurt. He was more excited about making money and plans for our future. We’d even talked about taking the kids to Walt Disney World during his R & R.”

His wife has twin sons from a previous relationship — Skyler and Dallas, 7. And the Gambles have a daughter, 2-year-old Deborah.

She has decided to name their baby boy after her husband.



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