Aggie Grad Killed in Iraq

By: KBTX Staff
By: KBTX Staff

A Texas A&M graduate is the latest casualty in the Iraq war.

The Army says thirty-five-year-old Captain Blake Russell was killed on Saturday after being hit by enemy fire.

The field artillery officer was investigating a possible mortar cache during combat operations in Baghdad when he was killed, according the the Army.

Russell was assigned to the First Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the Second Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Russell joined the military in 1989 and arrived at Fort Campbell in March of 2005.

He was a graduate of Fort Worth's Boswell High School and Texas A&M University.

Russell was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart during his career.

Russell is survived by his wife Bellinda and two children.

A memorial service will be held for him in Iraq.

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