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Youngest Female Kia Pfc. Leslie D. Jackson, 18

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 04:16 AM

Fort Hood soldier killed in Iraq

05/22/2004 Associated Press

An Army truck driver from Virginia was killed in Baghdad when her military vehicle hit an explosive device, the Department of Defense said Friday.

Army Pfc. Leslie D. Jackson, 18, was assigned to A Company, 115th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, based in Fort Hood, Texas. She died Thursday.

Jackson was a battalion commander in the JROTC program at George Wythe High School, school officials said. She was graduated in 2003 and entered the Army in August.

Earl M. Pappy, George Wythe's principal and a military veteran, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he and Jackson spoke frequently about her decision to enter the military. He said she thought the military would help her to move forward.

The two had been exchanging periodic e-mails, and Jackson wrote about what she was encountering in Iraq, Pappy said. He heard from her as recently as three weeks ago.

"The students are very upset because she was respected very, very much," he said.

Information on Jackson's survivors was unavailable Friday night.

Margaret Brewster, a spokeswoman from Fort Hood, said she had been there since December.

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 04:20 AM

This kind of bomb (Roadside IED) took the life of the youngest female soldier to die in Iraq so far Pfc. Leslie D. Jackson, 18, of Richmond, Va. She was killed in Baghdad on May 20 when her military vehicle was hit.

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