Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wire: 60-Year-Old is Oldest US Soldier Killed in Iraq

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2009 -- Newswires reported today that a 60-year-old Vietnam War veteran killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq has become the oldest Army soldier to die in that conflict, the military said Thursday.

Maj. Steven Hutchison, 60, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died May 10, in Basrah of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Al Farr, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

The Associated Press reported that Maj. Hutchison had served in Vietnam and wanted to re-enlist immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks, but his wife was against it, his brother said.

Hutchinson lived in Scottsdale, grew up in California, but he was originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.

(Report from newswire and U.S. Defense Department sources.)

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