Hundreds Help Family Of Kentucky-Based Soldier Killed In Iraq

BELLEVUE, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of people turned out for a benefit to raise money for the family of a northwest Ohio solider, who was based in Kentuckky and killed last week in Iraq.

Army Staff Sgt. Jon Martin of Bellevue leaves behind a wife and three children.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher ordered flags at all state office buildings to remain at half-staff in Martin's honor. Fletcher says Martin was based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Martin died Thursday from injuries he suffered when a roadside bomb exploded two weeks ago in Iraq. It was his third tour of duty since the war started.

Hundreds of community members in Bellevue paid $10 apiece Sunday for a benefit lunch and many threw in a few extra dollars for the family.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Pam Location: London on Nov 27, 2007 at 04:36 AM
    God bless this family. The country thanks you and you love one for serving. Words of appreciation can't say enough for this young man. May God hold his family in his mighty hands and bless his children doing this difficult time. The solider is home with his commander now.


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