Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush Statement on the Death of Sargent Edward Smith

Apr 8, 2003
Press Release

Washington, DC ----  The Congressional Liaison office of the United States Marine Corps, came to my office yesterday to notify me of the death of First Sargent Edward Smith, age 38, who was killed in the line of duty while participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  On April 4, 2003, 1st Sgt. Smith was shot in the head while engaging with enemy forces in Iraq.  He died on April 5, 2003 in Doha, Qatar as a result of his wounds.

Sgt. Edward Smith was not only a soldier, but a father, husband and son.  According to the Defense Department, Smith was the ninth soldier from the Illinois area to die in Iraq.  Sergeant Smith, a career soldier, was nearing the end of a 20-year military career and was anticipating retirement when he sustained his fatal wound. Born and raised in Chicago, Edward Smith graduated from CVS  High School, moved to Anaheim, California in the 1980s, where he married and raised a family.  He leaves behind a wife and two sons in California and a mother, a father, family and friends in the Chicago area.

All of our thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Smiths family. #

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