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FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2007

Funeral held for Marine killed in Iraq

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Hundreds of mourners paid tribute Thursday morning to U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Adam E. Loggins, who was killed in Iraq.

Loggins, 27, of Athens, was killed April 26 in Anbar pro-vince.

Pastor Dusty McLemore and other speakers said during the 40-minute funeral service at Mayfair Church of Christ that Loggins served his country and gave his life so others can be free.

At the burial that followed at Maple Hill Cemetery, a Marine announced that Loggins was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. The Marine gave the medal to Becky Loggins, Adam's mother.

The funeral featured full military honors, with a Marine honor guard in dress uniform serving as pallbearers, a 21-gun salute and a bugler playing "Taps." The U.S. flag on Loggins' casket was also given to his mother.

Many Huntsville officials attended and the procession included fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. Loggins' father is Huntsville Fire Chief Danny Loggins.

Adam Loggins joined the Marines in January 2006. In June, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Loggins was deployed to Iraq as a machine gunner on Jan. 18.

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