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Spc. Jeremy O. Allmon Ray of Cleburne, Texas obtained his general equivalency diploma before joining the United States Army in March 2000. But when he was at home, he loved to show off by flexing his muscles in the mirror. He would do it just to aggravate his siblings. Jeremy was scheduled to return home in March and to leave the Army altogether in July and because of his love for the outdoors, he had planned to go to college to become a game warden. When he was home on leave the previous October, he four-wheeled with his younger brother along the dirt roads near his parents' home and built a campfire outside the home where he and some of his friends discussed politics. In an interview when he was home on leave, Jeremy told a local newspaper he believed the United States was right to invade Iraq and to stay until that nation was back on its feet. "We can't just leave," he told them. "We can't just start something and not finish it. Then we wouldn't be America." he added. Survivors: Parents, Preston and Lisa Ray; father, David Sullivan; brothers, Preston Ray Jr., David Sullivan and Colton Sullivan; sister, Brentney Bane; maternal grandmother, Betty Love; paternal grandparents, Leonard and Nancy Sullivan and Preston and Faye Ray; nephew, Mason Lee Bane. Jeremy died at age 22 in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle.
FORT HOOD, Texas — A North Texas soldier was killed during the weekend when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.
Spc. Jeremy O. Allmon, 22, of Cleburne, died Sunday in the Iraqi city of Taji, about 20 miles north of Baghdad.
He was driving an M-1 Abrams tank when the improvised device detonated, officials at Fort Hood said Tuesday.
“He loved his family, and he loved his country,” Preston Wade Ray, Allmon’s father, told the Cleburne Times-Review for its Tuesday edition. “He was supposed to get out in a month, and he had job offers already for security.”
The soldier told the newspaper late in 2004 that he believed the United States was right to invade Iraq and to stay until that nation was back on its feet.
“We can’t just leave,” he said during a home visit while on leave. “We can’t just start something and not finish it. Then we wouldn’t be America.”
Two other soldiers were hospitalized for injuries they suffered in the blast, according to a U.S. Central Command casualty report.
Allmon was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood.
He enlisted in the Army in April 2002, and had been based at the Central Texas post since September 2002.
He is at least the 138th Texan to have died in the Iraq War since it began in March 2003, and the 19th reported fatality this year.