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Apex Guardsman Killed in Iraq

Posted April 21, 2008

— A North Carolina Army National Guard soldier from Apex has died in Iraq, officials said Monday.

Spc. Lance Oliver Eakes, 25, a member of the 1132nd Military Police Company was killed Friday while on a combat patrol near Baghdad, officials said. Two other members of the 1132nd were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off as the soldiers returned from a meeting with Iraqi police, officials said.

Eakes, who graduated from Apex High School in 2001, joined the 1132nd in January 2003 before transferring to the 105th Military Police Battalion, which deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005. He returned to the 1132nd last May and mobilized for a second tour in Iraq a month later.

He was promoted posthumously to the rank of sergeant.

The 1132nd, headquartered in Rocky Mount, has about 120 soldiers stationed in Baghdad. They are scheduled to return to North Carolina this fall.

Eakes is the ninth N.C. National Guard soldier killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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  • Go Georgia Tech Apr 22, 2008

    I mean no disrespect- but it breaks my heart to see this young mans life end so sadly, in a country that does not want us there, and a president determined to keep us there. He should have grown old, he should have been able to see his own children play, kissed them goodnight and live life. Is this war, regardless if you agree with it or not ever going to be over? I wonder how Bush and his goons sleep at night when these brave young men and women are dying.

  • salliecrosby Apr 22, 2008

    LT Santiago couldn't have said it any better. Lance was a great friend not just to me but to my boyfriend who served with him in the 1132nd. We know no one asks to be a hero, but how wonderful it is and how thankful we are for what you've done for us. You deserve to go down in history as a hero! Mending our broken hearts will be hard, but knowing that you, SGT Ray, SGT Stelmat, SGT Williams, and SSG Pickett are keeping watch as our own angels will help keep peace. I'll miss our kitchen Kickbox lessons...See you in heaven!

  • Dayum Sessy Apr 22, 2008

    God bless them ALL.

    Thank you for your service and RIP.

    Bring them home already!

  • lornadoone Apr 22, 2008

    Your friends at RIMA will miss you, Lance. Thank you for protecting our country. Rest in peace.

  • bossman63076 Apr 22, 2008

    It's time to wipe Iraq off the map.Divide and Conquer.

  • eviltwinbob Apr 22, 2008

    Sergeant Lance Oliver Eakes was an awesome Soldier. He maintained an extremely positive attitude and nothing seemed to rattle him. I suppose he approached operating in combat like handling an opponent he was fighting in the ring - STRONG and CONFIDENT. He meant a lot to everyone in the platoon and to some he was more like a brother. I/we will never forget Lance as he was a special breed, unique in that he inspired so many to be the best at whatever it was they pursued, to live life passionately with fire, and to love those who love you. He will never, ever be forgotten. He is in heaven now with SGT Thomas Ray, SGT David Stelmat, SGT David Williams, and SSG Emanuel Pickett. We now have FIVE warrior angels that are guarding our twelve, three, nine, and six. They leave us here continuing to battle a faceless enemy, but have never left our hearts. One day we will reunite and oh how joyous that will be. RIP brother, soldier, and friend. 1LT Robert Santiago, Platoon Leader,1st Plt

  • mborris2002 Apr 21, 2008

    thank you lance.thank you tammy,johnny,and family for such a sacrifice in order to protect our great country.we love you guys.

  • tmedlin Apr 21, 2008

    theendoftheroad - good - I look forward to meeting you - you have a GREAT chapter!

  • theendoftheroad Apr 21, 2008

    ..They are military police officers. Their jobs are to train the Iraqi police and help man IP checkpoints/ stations... the IED was buried deep and the humvee detonated it... they really have pretty good relationships with most of the IPs

  • thelewisclan Apr 21, 2008

    They hit an IED on their way back from a meeting. (They weren't attacked by anyone)