Gulfport Soldier Dies

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Army Staff Sgt. Johnny Roosevelt Polk has died from the wounds he suffered while serving in Afghanistan.

The military said Polk, a 39-year-old Gulfport native, died July 31 in a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. A photo of his flag-draped casket at Dover Air Force Base, Del., was released by The Associated Press.

An Army representative delivered the news in person to his former wife, Ethel Polk, and their 17-year-old daughter, Mary Gardner, in Texas Friday.

Services will be held at Fort Hood, Texas. Polk will be returned to Gulfport for burial.

Polk was a football standout at Harrison Central High School and a volunteer firefighter at the North Gulfport Fire Station.

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