A 20-year-old soldier from Eufaula is the second Alabamian to die in Iraq in less than a week. The Army said Private Justin R. Yoemans was fatally wounded when an explosive device went off near the Humvee he was riding in Baghdad.
Yoemans died of his wounds Saturday at a military hospital. Yoemans' stepfather, Mark Miller, said he had been in the Army less than a year and deployed to Iraq in late August or early September.
Miller said Yoemans spoke with his grandmother by telephone shortly before he went out on his last patrol.
Yoemans was assigned to the Fourth Battalion, Fifth Air Defense Artillery based at Fort Hood, Texas. He quit Headland High School last year and earned his equivalency degree before going into the military.
Another soldier with Alabama ties, 22-year-old Army Sgt. Charles Joseph Webb of Calhoun County, was killed four days before Yoemans when an explosive device hit his armored personnel carrier.
At least 22 troops from Alabama have been killed in Iraq.
Relatives have yet to make plans for Yoemans' funeral.