8. Military Deaths

Three Southeast Arkansas natives serving in the U.S. Army died in 2012. One died of a non-combat related illness and two were murdered by other soldiers in domestic altercations.

Master Sgt. Gregory Childs

Master Sgt. Gregory Childs

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Gregory Childs died in Afghanistan of a non-combat related illness on May 4. He was assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va.

“Our state and nation lost a true patriot in the passing of Master Sergeant Childs,” U.S. Rep. Mike Ross said in a news release following Childs’ death. “His passing comes much too soon and he will be deeply missed. All Americans owe Master Sergeant Childs their eternal gratitude for his service to our nation. There is no way we can ever thank Master Sergeant Childs or his family enough for his service, but we can honor his legacy and life and pledge together to support all of our men and women in uniform who heroically serve this great country of ours. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extraordinarily difficult time.”

The body of the 38-year-old Warren man was returned to Southeast Arkansas on a small jet on May 11. His flag-draped casket arrived at the Monticello Municipal Airport at 9:30 a.m. Family members were waiting at the airport along with band numerous residents, veterans, servicemen and women, and law enforcement officers. The crowd fell silent as the jet arrived. Family members briefly stepped up to the casket before it was placed in an awaiting hearse which was led to the Bradley County line by a procession of Drew County and Monticello police vehicles.

Two months before Childs’ death, two Ashley County natives serving in the armed forces were murdered by other soldiers in separate domestic altercations.

Spc. Shardae Wright

Spc. Shardae Wright

Spc. Shardae Wright, a 23-year-old Fort Campbell soldier from Hamburg, died March 3 of multiple gunshot wounds. Her husband and fellow soldier, Spc. Nicholas Rico Durant, 21, was charged with murder in connection with her shooting death.

Police in Clarksville, Tenn. responded to a shots-fired call at an apartment complex  shortly after midnight. When they arrived they found several shell casings outside of the apartment and a door riddled with bullet holes.

Inside, they found Wright dead in the bathtub in the fetal position with multiple gunshots and an emptied firearm underneath her head. The gun, a Tek9, was identified as belonging to Durant.

Wright served in the Company E, 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, at Fort Campbell. She was awarded a Marksman Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Durant was also assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

Less than three weeks later, another Southeast Arkansas native serving in the U.S. Army was murdered in a domestic altercation.

Sgt. Kevin Moseby

Sgt. Kevin Moseby

Sgt. Kevin Moseby, 28, of Fayetteville, N.C., formerly Parkdale, was fatally shot during a domestic dispute last week and a fellow soldier, Duane Brown, Jr., 30, was charged with first-degree murder in his death.

Police said Brown was the ex-boyfriend of Moseby’s ex-wife. Moseby and his ex-wife were rekindling their marriage at the time of the shooting.

Moseby had worked in petroleum supply with the 29th Support Company, Special Troops Battalion, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade since January 2010.

He joined the Army in July 2006 and was stationed South Carolina, Virginia and Germany before his current assignment.

He deployed to Iraq from April 2008 to May 2009 and Afghanistan from July 2010 to July 2011.

Moseby’s awards include the NATO Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.