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500 pack service to honor Alabama troop killed in Iraq

UNDERWOOD (AP) — A young soldier who was killed in Iraq was remembered for his exemplary courage and his desire to help others as more than 500 people packed a North Alabama church at a memorial service.

James Tyler Lindsey, a 20-year-old Army corporal who died on patrol April 12 when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb, had long displayed great conviction about "his country and our freedom," said the Rev. Donnie McDaniel, pastor at Underwood Baptist Church.

A 21-gun salute was fired Sunday at the service, which closed with bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace."

Lindsey was a 2004 graduate of the former Bradshaw High School in Florence. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Anchorage, Alaska, where he was stationed at Fort Richardson.

"Today, we are reminded that freedom is not cheap, but very costly," McDaniel said. "Jamie went because he felt it was his duty and he went voluntarily. He knew that he might pay the ultimate sacrifice and yet was willing to go anyway."

McDaniel said Lindsey's belief in the cause in Iraq was evident in some of the letters he sent to friends.

In one letter, Lindsey used quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt, writing, "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."

"Jamie Lindsey had a real desire to conquer, to go forward and win," McDaniel said. "This young man can say, 'I fought a good fight.' "

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