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Another South Georgian dies in Iraq

August 5, 2005

Iraq- Mathew Gibbs of Ambrose is the latest member of the 48th Brigade to be killed in Iraq.

Gibbs, 29-year-old Sgt. Huey Lewis Ganey of Folkston, and 36-year-old Staff Sgt. Charles Houghton Warren of Suwanee died Wednesday when their vehicle was hit by a bomb.

A fourth Guardsman was seriously injured in the blast.

Eleven soldiers from the 48th Brigade have been killed over a 10-day period. In Atlanta yesterday, Governor Sonny Perdue called for a statewide moment of silence on August 18th to honor the Georgia National Guardsmen killed in the war on terror.

He says the most recent deaths fall especially close to home. Perdue noted that those killed were members of the state's "citizen-soldier brigade" -- neighbors and part of the community.

Major General David Poythress, the state's adjutant general, says the brigade's earlier losses resulted from explosives buried in a highway.

Georgia now has lost 55 soldiers in the war on terror, counting active duty troops.

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