Guard Unit Thanked by Hamill

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The Mississippi man who was taken hostage in Iraq and rescued by a New York Army National Guard unit thanked the New York soldiers Sunday during a ceremony held in Glens Falls, New York.

It was a year ago that Thomas Hamill of Macon heard the sound of military vehicles and rushed out of the hut where he had been held under armed guard. The military vehicles were those of the Glens Falls-based Second Battalion of the 108th Infantry.

Hamill was taken hostage after his truck convoy was attacked. He was one of the speakers at a special ceremony held to honor members of the battalion's Charlie Company, which returned to New York earlier this year.

The second highest ranking officer in the Army, Gen. Richard Cody, also spoke at the event.

Charlie Company lost one soldier killed in action. Spc. Nathan Brown of South Glens Falls was killed on Easter Sunday last year when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his Army truck.