Ohio GI dies 36 hours before exit from Iraq
Friday, December 16, 2005
-- A soldier who died Monday in a bombing in Baghdad was 36 hours from leaving Iraq, his father said.
Staff Sgt. Curtis Mitchell, 28, was killed when a bomb exploded near his tank, the Department of Defense said. He had been in Iraq since January; it was his second tour there.
Mitchell's brother, Spec. Jimmy Mitchell, was on the same patrol and was due to come back in January, but instead has started home for the funeral, said their father, Ed ward Mitchell.
Another brother, William Mitchell, graduated from Air Force basic training Dec. 9.
"My children were raised up in a lifestyle that we were supposed to protect our country. They are proud to do so," said Edward Mitchell, who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
Curtis Mitchell, nicknamed Tony, was born in Columbus and grew up near McConnelsville, 65 miles southeast. He joined the Army out of high school in 1995.
Mitchell was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, based in Fort Stewart, Ga.