Fort Bragg soldier dies in Iraq

Spc. Morganne McBeth, 19

July 3, 2010 6:45:08 PM PDT
An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper died of non-combat related injuries in western Iraq Friday. Spc. Morganne McBeth, a 19-year-old trooper from Fredericksburg, Va. was a Health Care Specialist (Combat Medic) with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Abn. Div.

"SPC Morganne McBeth had a positive impact on all the Paratroopers within the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion and will be dearly missed," said Lt. Col. Douglas Stitt, commander of 1st BSTB. "She was always quick with a smile and looked after her fellow Paratroopers with keen diligence and respect".

McBeth joined the Army July 9, 2008 and entered basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Upon completion of basic training, she attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She arrived at Fort Bragg, N.C. February 25, 2009 where she was assigned to HHC, 1st BSTB and deployed to Iraq with the unit Aug. 17, 2009.

"SPC Morganne McBeth's vivid smile and attitude were contagious," said 1st Lt. Abraham Medina Jr., physican's assistant, 1st BSTB. "Regardless of how rough your day may have been, if Morganne entered the room you were going to smile. Her spunky character and selflessness will be remembered by all who were privileged enough to have met her."

"Morganne treated all of her patients with unsurpassed compassion, regardless of their injury or illness severity," said Medina. "Today, the 1BSTB Medical Platoon mourns the loss of a Paratrooper, combat medic, and a magnificent young lady. Most importantly, we are thankful to have had the opportunity to share life alongside of Morganne Marie McBeth."

McBeth's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.

She is survived by her father, Leonard McBeth and her stepmother, Sylvia McBeth.

A memorial in her honor will be held in Iraq.

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