ROME, Ga. (AP) - The military says a soldier originally from northwest Georgia and based at Fort Stewart died in Iraq when a bomb exploded near his vehicle.
The Defense Department said today that 25-year-old Specialist William Allmon of Ardmore, Oklahoma, died Saturday in Baghdad.
Allmon, who used to live in Rome, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart.
The combat engineer joined the Army in June 2000 and was on his second deployment to Iraq, according to Kevin Larson, a Fort Stewart spokesman. He previously deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2005 to January 2006.
Allmon specialized in building protective structures for friendly forces and destroying protective structures for enemy forces.
His survivors include his wife, Jennifer Allmon, their three-year-old son, Damien, and their stepson, eleven-year-old Jason Luke Johnson of Chattooga County; his father, William Allmon of Cartersville, and his mother, Donna Fortune of Guyton.
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