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Sgt. Deforest Talbert, Killed Jul. 27, 2004, 24th Infantry Division, 30th Enhanced Separate Brigade

By Unknown | Media Relations Office, Public Affairs | April 26, 2009

24th Infantry Division Soldier Killed in Iraq

RALEIGH - A West Virginia Army National Guard soldier was killed on Tuesday, July 27, in Baladruc, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his armored High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle.

Killed was Sgt. Deforest Lemar Talbert, of Charleston, W. Va. An armor crewman, Talbert was assigned to Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 150th Armor Regiment headquartered in Beckley, W. Va.

"The North Carolina National Guard deeply regrets the loss of Sgt. Talbert. The Soldiers of the 1 st of the 150 th Armor from West Virginia are part of the 30 th Brigade Combat Team and we share in the sorrow felt by his family and the Soldiers of West Virginia. Talbert gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country and we will honor him for his commitment," said Col. William T. Boyd, chief of staff of the North Carolina National Guard.

Talbert entered federal active service on Oct. 1, 2003, when his unit was activated as part of the call-up of the 30th BCT, headquartered in Clinton. The brigade, made up of nearly 5,000 soldiers, 3,800 from North Carolina armories, departed Ft. Bragg, N.C., for Iraq from Feb. 23 through Mar. 1. Part of the 1st Infantry Division while on duty in Southwest Asia, the unit will spend 18 months on active duty, 12 months of that in the Iraqi theater.