Pentagon officials say an Army private who attended high school in Birmingham has become Alabama's third casualty in the war against Iraq.
24-year-old Kelley Prewitt, who attended Erwin High School in Birmingham, was killed in action by enemy fire on Sunday in Iraq.
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. Kelley's father was notified by military officials Wednesday morning.
Paul Prewitt said Kelley liked to ride his Sea-Doo personal watercraft on Lake Logan Martin where his father owned a mobile home.
23-year-old Army Staff Sergeant Nino D. Livaudais of Fort Mitchell, was Alabama's second fatality in the war.
Livaudais lived in the small community near the Georgia state line, not far from Fort Benning where he was stationed. He had been assigned to Afghanistan twice and Iraq was his third combat tour in two years.
On April 3, Livaudais was at a checkpoint northwest of Baghdad when a pregnant woman jumped from the car, screaming, and the vehicle exploded.
He and two other Army Rangers from the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, were killed.
Livaudais graduated in 1997 from Washington High School in Ogden, Utah, joined the Army a year later and became a ranger in 1999. He planned to make the military a career.
US Army Private First Class Howard Johnson the Second of Mobile
was Alabama's first casualty in the war.
Johnson was a member of the 507th Maintenance Company, based in Fort Bliss, Texas. He served with Private First Class Jessica Lynch, the POW rescued from an Iraqi hospital.
Johnson died when his convoy was ambushed near Nasiriyah.