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Army Staff Sgt. Victoir P. Lieurance

Died August 22, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

34, of Seymour, Tenn.; assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee National Guard, Sparta, Tenn., killed Aug. 22 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during patrol operations in Samarra, Iraq.

Lieurance was father, soldier

The Associated Press

Victoir P. Lieurance didn’t enjoy having his picture taken, but his wife is happy she finally managed to convince him last year to sit for some professional photos with his family.

Looking at those pictures a day after learning her husband had been killed in Iraq, Penny Lieurance’s voice broke as she recalled telling him, “I want the boys to have pictures of their daddy.”

Lieurance, 34, of Seymour, Tenn., was killed Aug. 22 by a roadside bomb in Samarra, Iraq. He was assigned to Sparta.

Lieurance’s sons are 4-year-old Chase and 23-month-old Damien.

He also was a father to Penny’s daughters by a previous marriage, Alina, 12, and Ciera, 9.

Lieurance joined the Army right after he got out of high school.

He went on to serve seven years in the Army before joining the National Guard in 1997. His parents are both retired from the Navy.

“He was the most proud when he was in his military uniform,” said his father, Andre. “When he first signed up, he wanted to go for the full 20 years, but we had to talk him into four. He knew the military, he knew what was involved with it — the separation, the risks.”

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