Third Ky. Soldier Dies In Less Than a Month

On this sixth anniversary of 9/11, Kentucky mourns the loss of the 16th National Guard soldier to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

On Sept. 10, Private First Class Sammie Phillips of Hardin County became the third guardsman killed in action in a two week period.

Phillips was assigned to the 138th Field Artillery based in Carlisle.

He was killed when his vehicle overturned during a traffic control mission in Iraq.

The flags are flying at half staff at North Hardin High School to honor the fallen soldier.

Those who knew Sammie Phillips say his memory will live forever and something about the light in his eye is an inspiration to many.

Kentucky's Major General Donald Storm said about 1500 Kentucky guardsmen are serving in the Middle East, including more than 1,000 deployed in Iraq.


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