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Raleigh soldier dies in Africa

Posted March 22, 2011
Updated March 23, 2011

— A soldier from Raleigh died last week while serving in Africa, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.

Master Sgt. Jamal H. Bowers, 41, died Friday at Camp Lemonier in the African nation of Djibouti, officials said. Bowers reported feeling ill on Thursday, said Mark Schulz, public affairs officer for the Army.

Schulz said that it appeared Bowers died of natural causes due to a medical condition.

He said Bowers joined the Army 10 years ago after serving in the Marines and as an instructor at the John F. Kennedy Warfare Center.

Bowers was assigned to the 6th Battalion, 4th Military Information Support Group, U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.


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  • mad_dash Mar 28, 2011

    So sorry to hear this. RIP.

  • dontgetmestarted Mar 23, 2011

    RIP soldier. Thank you for your service Master Sgt. Keep smiling down on us from up above, you have such a lovely smile.

  • just my2cents Mar 23, 2011

    Rest in peace dear hero.

  • lrdavidson Mar 23, 2011

    May God be with your family and friends! Thank you for all that you did!

  • ncguy Mar 23, 2011

    Thank you Mr Bowers

  • Canes Girl Forever Mar 23, 2011

    He looked like a happy guy! I'm sure he will be missed by many.

  • WRALgolo2.1 Mar 23, 2011

    We appreciate your service Master Sgt.

  • NoObamaCare Mar 23, 2011

    Thank you for your service! We the people appreciate all you did.

  • JuicyDeetts Mar 23, 2011

    WRAL- Why is the title of this mentioning "Killing" when the man died of natural causes. Misleading!!!

  • carolinabluegrassfan Mar 23, 2011

    Sensational Headline: "Raleigh soldier killed in non-combat incident"

    Department of Defense statement: "A soldier from Raleigh was killed last week in a non-combat incident, the Department of Defense said Tuesday."

    Actual Facts: "Bowers reported feeling ill on Thursday...it appeared Bowers died of natural causes due to a medical condition."

    All due respect and honor go to Master Seargent Bowers, and condolences and prayers go to his family, friends, and fellow soldiers.

    But how does "died of natural causes due a medical condition" get twisted into "killed in a non-combat incident". The quotes are contradict one another, and neither supports the other. Is this the best that our military public information officers and media journalists can do?