Son Born, Father Dies

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) - The Defense Department has confirmed the death of a soldier in Iraq one day after his wife gave birth to their son.

Specialist Joshua Reeves died Saturday when an improvised bomb exploded as the Humvee he was in traveled a street in Baghdad.

His wife, Leslie Reeves, had returned to Hendersonville, Tennessee, to be with her parents while she had the baby. She gave birth on Friday and named her son Joshua Jackson Reeves.

The soldier's parents also were told on Saturday of the death of the oldest of their five children. James and Jean Reeves live in Watkinsville, Georgia, about 60 miles east of Atlanta.

The family says Joshua Reeves was scheduled to come home on two weeks leave in November.

He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kansas.

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  • by Bethany Location: Tallahassee Florida on Oct 13, 2007 at 09:39 AM
    Fighting for freedom?At first it was Weapon of Mass Destuction,which there was none,and why are we there now? Trying to lower the violence in Iraq..What's next, imprisioning people who LOOK like they could be a terrorist?Many of our troops are dying fighting for nothing..The president is a liar and he is taking too many lives..While this man could of been with his wife while she gave birth to their son,he was overseas fighting..This is a very sad story..I agree with Alonzo.
  • by Lanie Location: Wakulla County on Sep 26, 2007 at 09:40 AM
    i totally disagree with the comment afore posted. this war means nothing to you? I praise the lord everyday becuase we are able to live and grow up in a free country. we are fighting for our freedom! this war IS NOT usless.
  • by Alonzo Location: Live Oak Florida on Sep 26, 2007 at 05:22 AM
    This war is senseless. The president says he will vetoe the childrens health bill but wants more money for a war we cannot win. I am a Vietnam veteran and this is the same kind of war. a war we cannot win. Where do we go from here. President Bush has constantly lied to the American people about this war and he continues to lie. This war is not about terrorism. It's about making money for people who hold stock in the companies that support the war machine.. It's being fought on the backs of poor children and they are dying for a lost cause..
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