It is with regret to report that we have lost 4 members of a North Carolina National Guard unit that had been based in Jacksonville, North Carolina (N.C.). They were killed recently in Iraq. The National Guard Armory in Jacksonville is flying their flag at half-staff.
The four members belong to the A Company, 120th Combined Arms Battalion and died in an attack on Monday. The National Guard identified them as Edward Chester Kramer, 39, of Wilmington, Sgt. Roger Leeroy Adams, Jr., 36, of Jacksonville, Sgt. Carlos Baldeosingh, a hospital security guard and Sgt. Robert Bittiker of Jacksonville.
People that have worked with Baldeosingh say he was killed in Baghdad on Monday, a day before the U.S. pulled its forces out of the Iraqi capital. Baldeosingh was on leave from his job as a security guard at Carteret General Hospital. WITN reported that Bittiker’s stepfather, Brian Wheat, said that the sergeant was killed while riding in a Humvee with the other guardsmen. Bittiker leaves behind a wife and two children.
According to Baldeosingh’s wife all four men were part of her husband’s company. These most recent deaths bring to 15 the total number of North Carolina National Guard Soldiers killed in action since September 11, 2001.
The hospital where he had worked is flying their flags at half-staff as well. Coworkers of Baldeosingh where wearing blackbands over their badges in memory of him on Friday. The hospital plans to hold a memorial for Baldeosingh on Monday at 2:30 p.m.
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