NC-based Army private from Ala. dies in Iraq

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The Department of Defense says a soldier
from Alabama based in North Carolina has died while fighting in

The military said Wednesday that 20-year-old Pfc. Ricky Turner
of Athens, Ala., died Friday in Baghdad after a bomb exploded near
his unit. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops
Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort

Turner's father, James Lee Turner, told WHNT-TV in Alabama that
his son wanted to join the military to stand up for his country,
and that he died doing what he wanted to do. He said the military
told him an improvised explosive device blew up the military
vehicle his son was riding in.

Information about Pfc. Turner's awards and honors was not
immediately available.

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