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Age:   29
Hometown: Kingman, AZ
Date of Death: 6/18/2003
Incident Location: Ramadi, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: Troop E, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Staff Sgt. William T. Latham''s father served in the Army, two uncles are Vietnam veterans, and both grandfathers served in World War II. So it was only natural that from the time he was 12, Latham insisted on joining the military. "The kid ate up being in the military," said his father, Sid. "He really loved it." Latham, 29, from Kingman, Ariz., and stationed at Fort Carson, died June 18 from injuries suffered during a May 19 raid at a suspected arms market in Iraq. Latham ordered his troops to fire a grenade at the door, and a piece of shrapnel flew under his helmet and lodged in his head, his parents were told by the military. "He attained his goal and enjoyed it. He was doing what he wanted to do," said his mother, Brenda Latham. Latham is survived by his wife, Melissa, and three children, Patricia, 10; Travis, 9; and Jeremy, 6.
Source: Associated Press
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