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Dead soldier indentified
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The Fort Stewart soldier, whose body was found Friday, has been identified.

The soldier was indentified as Spc. William M. Smith, 27, of Statenville, Ga. Smith was a National Guardsman with the 1st Battalion, 214th Field Artillery in Waynesboro. He joined the Army in April 2006.

Smith's body was found early Friday morning in the Warrior Transition Unit barracks.

The barracks are used to house soldiers who have been wounded in combat and are transitioning back into their units.

According to Fort Stewart media officials, Smith's records indicate he had not been deployed.

Smith was an ammunition handler with the 1st Battalion. He was assigned to the WTU in July 2008.

Kevin Larson, of Fort Stewart's public affairs office, said the cause of Smith's death continues to be under investigation.

The Warrior Transition Unit opened in June 2007 to fulfill the needs of wounded soldiers before transitioning them back into their units.

Since then, two soldiers have reportedly died at the facility.

Currently, 412 soldiers are assigned to the WTU.

Larson said officials are working to get an answer as to why Smith was assigned there.

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