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Family Mourns Death Of Soldier

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

An eastern Kentucky family is mourning the loss of a solider killed in Iraq.

William Glenn Bowling of Beattyville died April 1st in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Family members say Bowling, who went by the name of Glenn, was serving his second tour in Iraq and was scheduled to come home April 29th to be with his wife who is eight-months pregnant. But now his family is waiting for his body to be flown back home for a final goodbye.

“The first Hummer got blown up and he was trying to rescue other buddies. Then him and two of his friends got blown up,” Stanley Terry said.

24-year-old William Glenn Bowling was supposed to be coming home April 29th for the birth of his second child, but he's coming home early after he was killed during his second tour in Iraq .

“His wife's really having a rough time. She's in shock, like it's a nightmare one minute and it's real the next,” Terry said.

Stanley Terry is Bowling's step-father, but he says he's the only father this soldier really knew.

“If there's anyway I could trade places with him I would, gladly.” Terry said.

Chester Terry says it was after his grandson graduated high school that he decided to join the military.

“He came in an told me he went to Richmond and met his recruiting officer and joined the army,” Chester Terry said.

“You know I tried to talk him out of going, but he said you know I really feel that I should go,” Terry said.

Terry says his son wanted to help give Iraqi's the same freedom American's have. His family says they're proud of his service...and he's inspired even his youngest step-brother Donovan.

He wrote his older step brother a letter. “Glenn, I'm really sorry that you died. I feel real bad about it. But you are in heaven now. You were my best friend. I'll miss you a lot. You're friend, Donovan.”

Bowling's father says his son just earned the title of sergeant two months ago.

Funeral arrangements are being made in Owsley County.


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