COPY-Alabama marine killed by explosion in Iraq

EVA, Ala. Marine Lance Corporal Jonathan Smith of Morgan County was killed Monday by an explosion, possibly caused by a roadside bomb, near Fallujah in Iraq.

Today, Smith's family will fly to Dover Air Force in Delaware to escort his casket back home.Smith's death came on the 61st anniversary of D-Day and his father, Garry Smith, said the date was appropriate.He said his son is a hero who died trying to liberate Iraq just like Americans gave their lives to liberate France and Germany.Corporal Smith is the first Morgan County serviceman to die in Iraq. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, with the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.Funeral arrangements are pending.

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