Alabama Soldier Killed

A Fort Mitchell man has become Alabama's second fatality in the war against Iraq.

Twenty-three-year-old Army Staff Sergeant Nino Lavaudais of Fort Mitchell was killed April 3 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.

Lavaudais lived in the small community of Fort Mitchell near the Georgia state line, not far from Fort Benning, Georgia where he was stationed.

He had been assigned to Afghanistan twice and Iraq was his third combat tour in two years.