22, of Cleburne, Texas; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; killed Feb. 6 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle in Taji, Iraq.
North Texas soldier killed in Iraq
FORT HOOD, Texas — A North Texas soldier was killed during the weekend when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.
Spc. Jeremy O. Allmon, 22, of Cleburne, died Sunday in the Iraqi city of Taji, about 20 miles north of Baghdad.
He was driving an M-1 Abrams tank when the improvised device detonated, officials at Fort Hood said Tuesday.
“He loved his family, and he loved his country,” Preston Wade Ray, Allmon’s father, told the Cleburne Times-Review for its Tuesday edition. “He was supposed to get out in a month, and he had job offers already for security.”
The soldier told the newspaper late in 2004 that he believed the United States was right to invade Iraq and to stay until that nation was back on its feet.
“We can’t just leave,” he said during a home visit while on leave. “We can’t just start something and not finish it. Then we wouldn’t be America.”
Two other soldiers were hospitalized for injuries they suffered in the blast, according to a U.S. Central Command casualty report.
Allmon was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood.
He enlisted in the Army in April 2002, and had been based at the Central Texas post since September 2002.
He is at least the 138th Texan to have died in the Iraq War since it began in March 2003, and the 19th reported fatality this year.
29, of Cleburne, Texas, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died March 29 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained after enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Kunar province.
Soldier remembered as friendly, athletic
The Associated Press
Nine years after he first enlisted, Bryan Burgess was making the Army his career.
The Cleburne, Texas, native had been deployed twice to Iraq and had less than a month left before his deployment to Afghanistan was set to end.
The 29-year-old died March 29 in Konar province. Another soldier also died in the attack.
His mother told officials at the Cleburne Independent School District that her son was killed during what appeared to be an ambush.
Burgess graduated from Cleburne High School in 1999, where he was a standout athlete who played soccer, baseball and football, and ran track.
“He was a sweet guy,” classmate Hillary Cochran told the school district for an article. “He always had a smile on his face. He was always friendly.”
Burgess was also an active member of Granbury Street Church of Christ.
He’s survived by a wife and two daughters. Burgess was assigned to Fort Campbell.
"Chariots" - Mike Trella
The Hornet's Nest soundtrack
When SSG Bryan Burgess was shot, he was looking up and asked, "Where's my chariot?". The soldiers told him, "It's coming, brother."