FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Military officials are reporting that an
Army National Guard soldier from eastern Kentucky died of a heart
attack before going on patrol in Iraq.
Colonel Phil Miller said thirty-seven-year old Staff Sergeant
Thomas Clemons had a heart attack yesterday. Miller says health
screenings before Clemons was sent overseas indicate there was no
health condition that existed that prevented Clemons' deployment.
Clemons was a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard since
August, two-thousand and was deployed in March two-thousand-six to
Clemons is the 13th Kentucky Army National Guard soldier to die
in U-S military operations since September eleventh,
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