January 24, 2007 Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa National Guard soldier from Polk City was killed in a Blackhawk helicopter that went down Saturday in Iraq.
Iowa National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Gregory Hapgood said Sgt. Maj. Marilyn Gabbard, 46, was one of 12 Americans killed on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter at about 2:45 p.m. Baghdad time, northeast of Baghdad. The Pentagon said the chopper was shot down by a shoulder-fired missile.
Hapgood said that of the 12 servicemembers killed in the crash, 10 were from the Army National Guard and two were active duty Army soldiers.
She was on a six-month tour of duty and was deployed in December 2006. She was a non-commissioned officer in charge of the National Guard Affairs Team in Baghdad.
Gabbard is a 27-year veteran of the Iowa National Guard. She began as a private in
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