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Fort Benning Ranger dies in Iraq

A Fort Benning Ranger died Sunday while serving in Iraq.

Sgt. William P. Rudd, 27, of Madisonville, Ky., died from wounds he received from enemy small arms fire while on combat patrol in Mosul, Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense announced today. Rudd was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning.

Fighters attacked as Rudd was conducting a raid on associates of senior al-Qaida leaders. It was his eighth deployment — his sixth in Iraq with two previous ones in Afghanistan.

Rudd joined the Army Oct. 2, 2003. He volunteered for service as a Ranger after finishing the one station unit training and completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning. He was assigned to Company B in August 2004, and served as a rifleman, grenadier and fire team leader.

Rudd is survived by his father, William E. Rudd of Madisonville, Ky. and Pamela Lam of Nortonville, Ky.; stepmother Barbara Rudd of Madisonville, Ky; step-brother Josh of Madisonville, Ky; and sister Elizabeth of Nortonville, Ky.

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