Heroic Soldiers Mourned At Home As Victory Nears

April 2003
Jet;4/28/2003, Vol. 103 Issue 18, p8
As Coalition forces see victory at and with rejoicing in the streets of Baghdad and jubilation at home for recovered POWs, some of the joy gives way to mixed emotions and sadness, as families of soldiers killed in the Iraqi War say goodbye to their loved ones. There have been at least 149 confirmed Coalition deaths in the war, as of "JET" press time. Army Spc. Jamaal Rashard Addison, 22, had expectations of starting a new life. He had just married Tek'la Addison of Roswell, Georgia, and looked forward to raising his young son, Jamaal II, and daughter, Christian. He served in communications for the 507th Maintenance Co. His unit was shipped to Kuwait in the buildup for the invasion of Iraq. On March 23, 2003, his convoy took a wrong turn away from Coalition forces and was ambushed near Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. Two days later, his family was notified that he had died in the attack. The funeral for Addison was held in Conyers, Georgia. Sgt. Eugene Williams of the Army's 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, was killed when a car exploded at a checkpoint. Williams, 24, of Highland, NY, and based at Fort Stewart, leaves behind his wife Brandy, who is expecting their second child in June to join 3-year-old Mya. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Sgt. Stevon Booker, a tank commander in the 3rd Infantry Division, was killed in action in Iraq. Booker, 34, of Apollo, Georgia, was a Gulf War-veteran.


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