Elba Native hurt in Iraq

CSM John R. Caldwell/Army Photo
CSM John R. Caldwell/Army Photo

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP)_The top enlisted man of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, an Alabama native, was wounded in an attack in Iraq that claimed the life of one of his soldiers.

Command Sgt. Major John Caldwell of Elba was wounded when his vehicle was attacked by small arms fire and a home-made bomb.

Caldwell was flown first to Landstuhl Regional Army Medical Center in Germany and then Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington.

The hospital would not discuss his injuries but said he was stable.

The 43-year-old Caldwell has served 25 years in the Army.   He is a graduate of Elba High School in Elba, Alabama.  He enlisted in the army in 1979 as an armor crewman.

21-year-old Army Private Joseph Knott of Yuma, Arizona, was killed in the same attack last Sunday.

The regiment is based at Fort Carson, Colorado.

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