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Army Staff Sgt. Tommy S. Little

Died May 2, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

47, of Aliceville, Ala.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery Regiment, Mississippi Army National Guard, Columbus, Miss.; died May 2 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio of injuries sustained on April 19 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee near Iskandariyah, Iraq.

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Ala. Guardsman dies of Iraq injuries

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi Army National Guard soldier from Alabama has died of injuries he received when a roadside bomb ripped through his vehicle in Iraq.

Four others were injured in the April 19 blast.

Staff Sgt. Tommy S. Little of Aliceville, Ala., died Monday, the Guard said. Little was assigned to the Guard’s Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery in Columbus.

Little was being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, when he died.

“This is another tragic loss for the Mississippi National Guard,” Maj. Gen. Harold Cross, the state’s adjutant general, said in a Tuesday statement. “I know members of the Mississippi National Guard will mourn the loss of this brave soldier.”

Gov. Haley Barbour said his family was “deeply saddened by another death of one of our Guardsmen serving in Iraq. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Little family during this difficult time.”

Critically injured in the same attack was Sgt. 1st Class Grayson “Norris” Galatas of Meridian. He is now at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., family members said.

Lt. Col. Tim Powell, a Guard spokesman, earlier identified three others injured in the same blast as Sgt. Terrance A. Elizenberry of Clinton, Sgt. Wyman H. Jones of Columbus, and Pfc. Stephen B. Brooks of Columbus.


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