Third Infantry Division combat engineer dies in Iraq

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ROME, Ga. (AP) -- The body of a Third Infantry Division soldier killed in Iraq has returned to Georgia.

Sgt. William E. Allmon was killed April 12 in Baghdad after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

The combat engineer's funeral will be held Tuesday at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church in Silver Creek, Ga.

About 300 people, including family members, honored Allmon on Saturday. Allmon was born and raised in Floyd County until age 12. The Pentagon previously said Allmon lived in Ardmore, Okla.

Allmon's father, William Allmon of Cartersville, Ga., says his son had two months to go on his second tour of duty in Iraq with the Fort Stewart, Ga.-based Army division and had been struck by a roadside bomb before.

His father says family members will miss his smile and antics because the 25-year-old was a "kid at heart."

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