Army Staff Sgt. Stacey C. Brandon

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Died April 24, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

35, of Hazen, Ark.; assigned to 39th Support Battalion, 39th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Army National Guard, Hazen, Ark.; killed April 24 when mortar rounds hit his camp in Taji, Iraq.

A lot of people respected Staff Sgt. Stacey C. Brandon. “He was a very outstanding young man whose loss will affect a lot of people,” said Frank Lightfoot, a family friend. “He was one of the young people you could admire.” Brandon, 35, of Hazen, Ark., was killed early April 24 when mortar rounds hit Camp Cooke where he was stationed north of Baghdad. He was based in Hazen, Ark. Brandon worked as a prison guard for the Arkansas Department of Correction and later worked at the federal prison in Forrest City. Survivors include his wife, April.

— Associated Press

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