Magee died April 27 from wounds suffered three days earlier when his unit came under indirect fire at Contingency Operating Base Kasul in Iskandariyah, Iraq. He was a member of the United States Army's 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Benning, Ga.
Magee is the second soldier from the Hattiesburg area killed in a 20-day span during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. William Anthony Blount, 21, of Petal was killed April 7 by a roadside explosive device in Mosul, Iraq.
Hattiesburg American reports, "During the ceremony, letters from members of Magee's unit were read aloud, and Magee's family were presented with several awards given to Magee for his service, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart."
Meanwhile Gregg K. Kakesako (Honolulu Star-Bulletin) reports, "The new commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division and 800 soldiers from Schofield Barracks will be deploying to Iraq this year." William Cole (Honolulu Advertiser) adds, "In late June, a deployment ceremony is scheduled to be held for 4,300 Schofield soldiers with the Stryker Brigade who are expected to see duty in northern Iraq."
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