Georgia soldier dies in Iraq

COLUMBUS, Ga. - An Army soldier from Columbus has died in Iraq.

The U.S. Department of Defense said 38-year-old Sgt. Johnny W. Lumpkin died Friday of wounds suffered in an accident in Taji. Family members told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that Lumpkin was taking apart equipment on a radar tower when the equipment fell on his head.

Lumpkin was stationed at Fort Benning. It was his second tour in Iraq.

He is married with a 19-year-old son and two teenage stepchildren.

Family members said Lumpkin joined the Army at 31 because he was having trouble finding a steady job and wanted to support his family.

 

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