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South Georgia soldier buried in Broxton

January 17, 2004

Coffee County -- Hundreds of family and friends packed into the Broxton Church of God for the funeral of Staff Sgt. Ricky Crockett. The 38-year-old Army mechanic was killed when a homemade bomb destroyed the truck he was driving in Baghdad.

A large crowd poured into Broxton's largest church for the funeral of the fallen soldier. Army man Ricky Crockett was killed early this month in a guerrilla attack in Iraq.

Saturday, his family, friends and comrades gathered to remember his life. "Sergeant Crockett was like a brother to me,"says Sgt.Viree Walker, a friend of Crockett. "It really upsets me that it happen but it's something we have no control over, something that we must prepare ourselves for."

Just weeks ago Crockett had returned to the small farming community of Broxton from Iraq for the holidays. A career Army man, Crockett, was realistic about the danger he faced but accepting of the path he'd chosen.

"He just loved his job and everybody had a job to do and he just loved his job,"says family member, Anthony Grady. Those sentiments were echoed by many at the funeral Saturday. Those close to Crockett say he believed in finishing a job. His mission in Iraq would be no different.

"I see him as a hero because he was proud of his country and proud to be in the service," says Bobby Sims, a childhood friend.

Crockett leaves behind a wife and 14 year-old daughter.

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