Mississippi, Alabama Soldiers Die in the Line of Duty

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Army First Sgt. Robert N. Barton, a Mississippi native, was killed this past weekend when a bomb exploded near his military vehicle in Afghanistan.

Barton's body, along with that of four other American servicemen, was returned to the military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base Tuesday. All died Sunday when a bomb blasted their Humvee.

Barton was born in 1974 and grew up in the Roxie, Miss., area.

His grandmother, Jo Beth Coleman, told the McComb Enterprise-Journal that Barton was a 1993 graduate of Franklin High School, where he played center on the football team. He joined the military the following year.

The family of Army Spc. Brendan Neenan, who was killed this week in Afghanistan, remembers him as selfless.

The Defense Department says the 21-year-old Neenan of Enterprise, Ala., died Monday at Jelawa of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Neenan's brother, Tim, remembers that Neenan would frequently call him asking about his work as a stand-up comic and comedy writer in Los Angeles.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

The military is a tradition in the Neenan family, with Brendan Neenan's father and grandfather both serving as infantry paratroopers.

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