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Family, friends rally to remember Ky. soldier

RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) - More than a thousand family and friends
gathered yesterday in Radcliff to remember a Kentucky National
Guard soldier killed earlier this month in Iraq.

Pfc. Sammie Phillips was remembered as a good man and a good
soldier.The 19-year-old Phillips died September 10th in Rustamiyah,
Iraq. His vehicle overturned while conducting a traffic control
mission.

Along with mourners inside the funeral at Stithton Baptist
Church in Radcliff, more than 200 Patriot Guard Riders and
community members stood outside and lined the drive with American
flags.

A few members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., who
protest soldiers' funerals, were across the street from the church.
They left before the funeral ended.

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

AP-NY-09-23-07 0712EDT


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