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Iraq claims another 3rd ID soldier
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A roadside bomb took the life of a Fort Stewart soldier in Iraq over the weekend, the Department of Defense said Monday.
Spc. William E. Allmon, 25, died Saturday in Baghdad from wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
According to The Oklahoman, an Oklahoma City newspaper, the details of the attack were posted on an online blog by ones of Allmon's friends, who uses the moniker, Samuel.
"On Saturday, April 12, 2008, we were part of a large operation to clear one street. This street is in an area that has been on the news. The news has reported that shootings and explosions have been occurring very frequently over the past few weeks which has been true," Samuel wrote in his blog. "We have been the target of those attacks."
And as soldiers worked to clear the area, the street lived up it to its dangerous reputation. Two vehicles were hit with explosives, Samuel wrote.
"Soldiers start getting everyone out helping them if needed and the first of the injured was able to walk out on his own...SPC William Allmon, the driver, was not as fortunate."
The Army has identified Allmon as an Ardmore, Okla., native, but his widow, Jennifer Allmon, said he was born and raised in Floyd County near Rome.
The soldier was a combat engineer specialized in building protective structures for friendly forces and destroying protective structures for enemy forces. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
Allmon, who was on his second deployment to Iraq, joined the Army in June 2000 and arrived at Fort Stewart in May 2003.
During nearly eight years of service, he was awarded two Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Medal and a Combat Action Badge.
Jennifer Allmon, who would have celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary with her husband in June, said he was a "proud soldier, loving husband and devoted father."
And on her page, the widow wrote, "Still trying to figure out what I'll ever do without you. Me and the boys will get through this. It will just take time. You will live on through us and we will always love you and miss you till the end of time!"
Allmon is survived by his widow, 3-year-old son Damien, 11-year-old stepson Jason Luke Johnson, all of Chattooga County; father, William Allmon of Cartersville; mother, Donna Fortune of Guyton; grandfather, Leonard Allmon of Lindale; and grandparents, Billy and Joann Phillips of Cedartown.
As of Tuesday, arrangements for Allmon's funeral had not been made.
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