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Operation Iraqi Freedom Casualty Interred In National Cemetery

Andersonville National Historic Site

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Andersonville National Cemetery buried its first combat casualty from Operation Iraqi Freedom. SFC Victor Anderson was interred at the historic cemetery on Monday, August 15th.   SFC Anderson was killed on July 30th along with three other soldiers when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb on a routine patrol in Baghdad.  Anderson was serving with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry and the 24th Infantry Division. He was a member of the 48th Infantry, Georgia National Guard, which was mobilized for service earlier this year. In his civilian job, Anderson was a deputy in the Sumter County Sheriffs Department. He is survived by a wife and two children.  The funeral service was coordinated with the Army casualty assistance officer assigned to assist SFC Anderson¬ís family with arrangements. Members of the Georgia National Guard served as the honor guard detail, firing the 21-gun salute, playing taps, and making presentations of awards and the flag to the family. The service was attended by 800 people. Major General David Poythress, adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard, spoke, as did Congressman Jim Marshall (3rd, GA).  The National Cemetery at Andersonville was established in 1865 and is one of only two active cemeteries administered by the National Park Service. In 2004, the cemetery interred 165 veterans and their dependents. Eligibility for burial is determined by Veterans Administration regulations. 



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