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Columbia soldier killed in Iraq

(Columbia) March 27, 2007 - A Columbia soldier has been killed in Iraq.

The family of 21-year-old Anthony White says they've been notified by the military that White died Sunday in a suicide bombing. White was a mechanic with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg.

He was one of four US soldiers killed. Family members for one of the soldiers say a suicide bomber killed the soldiers while they were handing out candy to a group of Iraqi children.

The other soldiers are 24-year-old Sergeant Jason Swiger of South Portland, Maine; 22-year-old Corporal Jason Nunez of Naranjito, Puerto Rico; and 21-year-old private first class Orlando Gonzalez, of New Freedom, Pennsylvania.

Harry White, Anthony's father, says, "Just have a big hole in my stomach - I'm maddened that 3,000 other families are going through what I'm going through now. They know how I feel."

"I'm going to miss him. Anthony if you can hear me, I'm going to miss you."

White attended Richland Northeast High School and played basketball there.

After high-school, White joined the military, following in his father's footsteps. His father is a 30-year-veteran - who spent much of his career at Fort Bragg with the 82nd.

Anthony White also planned on going to master jump school, just like his dad. But White died two months short of his expected return from Iraq.

Anthony White is the third South Carolina soldier to die in the Mideast war effort within the past week.

The Pentagon says Army Private First Class Joey T. Sams of Spartanburg was killed last week after he was pinned between two vehicles in Kuwait.

Also killed last week was Army Sergeant Adrian J. Lewis of Mauldin, who died in Ramadi of combat wounds.

Reported by Dan Tordjman with AP

Updated 8:24pm by Bryce Mursch

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