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October 16, 2003

Near Baghdad, Iraq -- T he body of Private Benjamin Lee Freeman of Valdosta was found floating in the Euphrates River northwest of Baghdad. He had drowned, and medics were not able to revive him.

The 19-year-old was part of K Troop, Third Squadron, Third Armored Calvary Regiment based at Fort Carson in Colorado.

Sergeant Christopher Walker recruited Freeman into the Army and remembers him as an outgoing, energetic soldier.

"He was a very outspoken guy, and when he walked into a room, everyone lit up," said Walker. "After talking to his family and friends, I realized he was like that all the time and people just got in a better mood being around him."

Freeman attended Valdosta High School. He is the 20th soldier from Fort Carson to die in the war in Iraq.

posted at 2:55PM by ashley.harper@walb.com