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January 13, 2004


Broxton- Just last month, Ricky Crockett came home from the war, home for the holidays to the tiny Coffee County town of Broxton.

Katherine Brockington and Samantha Crockett, had no idea that would be the last time they would see their brother alive.

"He was happy that he was home," Crockett said. "Everybody enjoyed his company. He went around visiting everybody."

Crockett joined the Army when he was 18. He enjoyed the travel, the work, and he believed in the mission in Iraq.

"When he was home Christmas I asked him did he ever get scared or afraid, he said sometimes he'd get nervous about what was going on, but he said he had a job to do and he was going to go back and finish it," Brockington said.

This August would have been his 20th year in the Army. He was considering retirement. To his family that would have meant seeing him more often.

"Every time you see him, he was never down," Crockett said. "He was always happy. Everybody liked him, he was just a friendly person."

Now his family is just thankful for his last trip to south Georgia.

updated at 2:50 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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