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Benson Native Among 9 Killed in Iraq Attack

Posted April 24, 2007

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— Nine members of the 82nd Airborne died in an attack in Diyala Monday night. Now, a family in Benson says their son is among the dead.

Army officials told the family of Sgt. Clint Moore that the former Benson resident and South Johnston High School student was killed in Iraq on Monday. Moore was serving his second tour of duty in the Middle East.

The names of the nine soldiers killed by a car bomb have not been officially released. The soldiers were members of the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg.

The news of Moore’s death spread quickly through Benson on Tuesday. One of those affected by the tragedy was was South Johnston assistant principal Herb Monson.

"Regardless of our political affiliations, we don't like to hear about GIs getting killed anywhere,” Monson said. “It's just bad any time you lose a person before they have a chance to live."

Moore graduated from South Johnston High School in 1998.

In September 2003, he returned to his alma mater and took down a yellow ribbon that classmates had hung during his first deployment. Moore held back tears as he told friends how much the gesture meant as he carried out his duty half a world away.

Moore's sister told WRAL the family expects his body to be returned home in the next seven to 10 days.

Fort Bragg chaplain Maj. Jim Brisson, who's responsible for breaking the news to spouses of fallen soldiers, said the notification of families was still under way Tuesday evening and has been since noon Monday.

The loss was the largest for the 82nd Airborne since June 1969, when 12 paratroopers were ambushed and killed in Vietnam, division spokesman Maj. Tom Earnhardt said, citing division historical records.

Earnhardt said 106 soldiers from the division have been in killed in combat since Sept. 11, 2001. Monday’s deaths come less than two months after another deadly episode for the 82nd Airborne, when seven paratroopers were killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb on March 5. Four from the 5th Squadron were killed April 7 by an improvised explosive device.

Twenty paratroopers from the same division were wounded in Monday's blast, which was also the single greatest loss of life for American ground forces in Iraq since December 1, 2005, when a roadside bomb killed 10 Marines and wounded 11 inside an abandoned building near Fallujah. A civilian interpreter was also wounded in the attack.

Fifteen of the wounded suffered only superficial injuries and returned to duty. Five others were evacuated to a military hospital, but none of them has life-threatening injuries, Earnhardt said.

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  • melissagilbert02 Apr 25, 2007

    If he were here with us today, he would only ask us to continue the support. Regardless of how we feel about the war, those are our boys and girls over there and we have to continue to lift them up in our thoughts and prayers. It is the least we can do. "All gave some; Some gave ALL."

  • dianebearden Apr 24, 2007

    My prayers and thoughts to all family members of the service men/women that lost their lives in this past attack. God Bless you all.

  • Matthew 19_21 Apr 24, 2007

    another brave young man who died far too young thanks to the Bush/Cheney adventure in Iraq.

    Will the GOP-sponsored loss of American blood in Iraq ever end???

  • rcoker55 Apr 24, 2007

    I pray for Clint's family. I attended school with Clint and I remember seeing him at school just like it was yesterday. His sister was in my homeroom class. Clint, you will truly be missed and you will live in our hearts forever. Thank you for fighting for our country and for doing what you loved most. Most people live their lives and don't get to do what they love the most...you did and you did it with all your heart. I know your parents and family are all proud. Above all, your Heavenly Father is proud. Your job is done. To your family...you are all in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. God loves you very much and I pray that He wraps His loving arms around each one of you during this time and during the days to come. Peace be with you.

  • jamar32806 Apr 24, 2007

    My prayers are with all the families.

  • A1 Go Canes Apr 24, 2007

    -------> Soldiers are real Heroes

  • jetset Apr 24, 2007

    My heart goes out to his family. They should be proud that he was willing to sacrifice his life for his country. We should all be thankful for our heros. It is sickening to hear of people cursing, spitting and making rude remarks to soldiers that serve our country so faithfully. God bless these men.

  • Nibor Apr 24, 2007

    You did good young man, You did good. Please keep watch over us until we meet one day.

  • AmericanPie Apr 24, 2007

    nc lover- grow up and study history: "the free world" wouldn't be free without the American GI. Many of us veterans and active duty believe in our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, do some research outside liberal media and learn the truth about what we are accomplishing. FYI- we pull out now and you will meet these insurgents face to face in your own front yard one day. God bless our troops!

  • AmericanPie Apr 24, 2007

    God Bless this family and the family of all our heroes that have died serving this country. Thank you to their families, thank you for your sacrfices. We are so proud of your children and their selfless service. God Bless and Keep You All! To those in Iraq and Afghanistan reading these coments- thank you and God bless you, you are in our prayers.

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