Monday, June 09, 2008

Army Pfc. Thomas F. Duncan III

Remember Our Heroes

Army Pfc. Thomas F. Duncan III, 21, of Rowlett, Texas

Pfc. Duncan was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died June 9, 2008 in Sinjar, Iraq, of wounds sustained during combat operations.

MyFOX Atlanta -- ATLANTA (MyFOX Atlanta) -- A Hall County man has lost his son who was serving in the army in Iraq. Private First Class Thomas Duncan died this week during combat.

"He's just 21-years-old, he's not even really lived his life," said Tommy Duncan, father of the deceased soldier.

Oakwood resident Tommy Duncan first heard the devastating news Tuesday, his 21-year-old son killed in Iraq.

"That's my dad Tommy Duncan, and I'm the second and that's my son the third. Three generations. There's no fourth, there wont be a fourth," said Duncan as he pointed to a family picture.

Duncan says what makes this time even tougher is being told his son was apparently killed by a fellow soldier as their unit hunted insurgents near Mosul.

"I know the cause of his death was by friendly fire at close range, so I really want to know what the truth is."

In a statement, the army says the events surrounding his death are currently under investigation. However initial indications are that Duncan's wounds may have resulted from friendly fire.

"Anything could have happened, I just don't know," said the Tommy Duncan

The 21-year-old had been to Iraq twice -- following the military roots of his family, his dad served in Korea.

Tommy Duncan says through his son's career, he actually saw him frequently. Little Tommy kept returning to Fort Benning first for basic training, then jump school and then most recently ranger school.

"He wanted to go into the army and be like his dad. He was doing what he wanted to do until the age of 21. He lived life the way he wanted to live it and its just a shame it was cut short.

Army Pfc. Thomas F. Duncan III was killed in action on 6/09/08.

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