Tennessee National Guardsman Killed in Iraq

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Nashville (WVLT) - The Tennessee National Guard is mourning the death of a soldier killed in Iraq.

Staff Sergeant Stephen Roosevelt Maddies, 41, of Elizabethton, died July 31st from wounds suffered in an small arms attack near Baghdad.

Staff Sgt. Maddies was assigned to the 473rd Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar Platoon in Columbia.

According to a news release, Staff Sgt. Maddies deployed to Iraq in 2004 with Bristol's F Troop, 2/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and volunteered to return as part of the 473rd C-RAM platoon in 2006.

The C-RAM platoon*s mission is to track and identify incoming enemy rocket, artillery and mortar attacks.

Staff Sgt. Maddies had spent 20 years in the military.

"We are greatly saddened at the loss of this true Tennessee
Volunteer," said Major General Gus Hargett, Jr., Tennessee*s Adjutant General.

"Every heart goes out to the family of this outstanding soldier. No mere words can fill the gap left by such a loss. He volunteered to serve his state and nation, and he died a patriot. He will not be forgotten."

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