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- The People Behind The Sacrifice
Army Spc. Richard B. Burress
Died January 19, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
25, of Naples, Fla.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died Jan. 19 in Jabour, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
Naples soldier killed in Iraq
The Associated Press
NAPLES, Fla. — A 25-year-old soldier whose family said he joined the army to add “focus and direction” to his life was killed in Iraq after his vehicle was struck by an explosive, officials said Jan. 21.
Spc. Richard B. Burress, of Naples, died Jan. 19 in Al Jabour, Iraq, the Department of Defense said.
Family members said Burress enjoyed the “simple things” in life — fishing, canoeing and spending time with loved ones, including his daughter, Alyssa.
“His easygoing manner and natural warmth instantly endeared [him] to all who met him,” his family said in a statement.
Burress was “a reluctant hero,” his family said, who “didn’t want to be recognized for his service and was deeply touched by the many thanks he received from strangers.”
Burress was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, out of Fort Stewart, Ga.
Services will be held at Fuller Funeral Home. A date has not been set.