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Staff Sergeant John L. Hartman Jr. Killed in Action 30 November 2006

I think I need to set the record straight. There have been several versions of what happened to John and how he passed.

Believe it or not, the military officer in charge of telling the family what happened has come up with at least three different stories. None of them correct. This, franky, pisses me off beyond belief!

I spoke with one of his team mates in Iraq tonight, and someone who was there with John when he was hit by the IED, or road side bomb, and subsequently perished.

John was the only causualty, both his other team mates in the vehicle survived. One of them has some damage to his hearing, temporary damage, he will get better. The other had no serious injuries. His team mates did everything in there power to save him. Everything! When I spoke with them, I got the impression they don’t believe that, but it’s true. There was not a damn thing else they could have done but what they did.

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DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.Staff Sgt. John L. Hartman Jr., 39, of Tampa, Fla., died Nov. 30 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

For further information related to this release, contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at (912) 767-5688.

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