Tennessee Soldier Killed a Day after Son is Born

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Defense Department has confirmed the combat death of a soldier one day after his wife gave birth to their son in Hendersonville.

Specialist Joshua Reeves died Saturday when an improvised bomb exploded as the Humvee he was in traveled a street in Baghdad.

His wife, Leslie Reeves, had returned to her native Hendersonville to be with her parents while she had the baby. She gave birth on Friday and named her son Joshua Jackson Reeves.

The soldier's parents also were told on Saturday of the death of the oldest of their five children. James and Jean Reeves live in Watkinsville, Georgia, about 60 miles east of Atlanta.

The family says Joshua Reeves was scheduled to come home on two weeks' leave in November.

He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kansas.

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