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Two grieving families await the arrival of the remains of their loved ones:

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* Private First Class Theron V. Hobbs from Georgia, died November 6th in Kirkuk, Iraq

* Staff Sergeant Timothy H. Walker from Tenesse, died November 8th in Baghdad, Iraq

Private First Class Theron V. Hobbs
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Theron Vondameir Hobbs was from Albany, Georgia. He was assigned to the 572nd Engineer Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas.

Private First Class Theron Hobbs died November 6th in a motor vehicle accident in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was 22 years old.

The WALB news site had this to say about the young man:

Twenty-two-year-old Theron Vondameir Hobbs was repairing a vehicle Thursday when it rolled back and pinned him.

He was killed in the accident.

Hobbs was a graduate of Monroe High and his wife Kimberly is expecting their first child in February. She says the only comfort she has is knowing he died doing what he wanted .... serving his country.

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"He loved everybody. He made friends with everybody. And he always did what he had to do to take care of his family," she said.

The site also has a video of the story. If you choose to view it, be sure to have tissues handy.

Hobbs was expected to return to Albany, Georgia in January to be with his pregnant wife. Instead his remains will arrive today, attended by loved ones and the Patriot Guard Riders, who will help ensure that he gets a funeral with full military honors.


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Staff Sergeant Timothy H. Walker
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Timothy Hamilton Walker was from Franklin, Tennessee. He was deployed on his second tour in Iraq in November 2007. His first tour was from November 2005 to November 2006. He was assigned to the 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado as a combat medic.

The Fort Carson Staff Sergeant was a career officer in his 19th year with the Army. Previously he had served in Bosnia and Kuwait. Staff Sergeant Walker was the medical material coordinator for the Iraqi Security Forces logistics coordination team, teaching Iraqi police officers and soldiers how to track and receive medical supplies. Walker was also training Iraqi medics in mass casualty missions and combat lifesaver courses.

Staff Sergeant Timothy Walker, died November 8th, after a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle. He was 38 years old.

According to The Colorado Springs Gazette:

Walker's unit is currently working to secure Sadr City, in Baghdad's northeast.

The Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal Are a few of the many awards Walker received in his years in the Army. He was also a six-time Army Commendation Medal recipient.

Walker is the first Fort Carson soldier killed in about a month, and his death marks the post's 244th casualty in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Staff Sergeant Walker earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, six Army Commendation medals and dozens of other medals and citations.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet by his family.


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Originally posted to SisTwo on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 02:55 PM PST.

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