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19-year-old Dadeville soldier killed while serving in Iraq

DADEVILLE (AP) — A 19-year-old soldier from Dadeville who recently arrived in Iraq was killed by a roadside bomb, his family said Wednesday.

Pfc. James Jacob Harrelson, who was known to friends and family as “Spanky,” was killed by an IED Tuesday afternoon while driving a Humvee in a convoy as part of the 1st Infantry Battalion of the U.S. Army, his parents said. They said they were not told where in Iraq their son was killed.

Harrelson’s family said anyone who met him instantly became his friend, an Alexander City newspaper, The Outlook, reported.

Tammy Kinney, Harrelson’s mother, who now lives in Alexander City, said her son joined the Army right after he graduated from Dadeville High School in 2006 and had been in Iraq since May. “He wanted to continue his education and serve his country,” she said.

Dadeville High School football coach Richard White told the newspaper Harrelson always had a smile on his face.

“If things weren’t going good he would cheer you up,” White said. “It’s really sad. I’m going to miss that smile. He brought a smile with him when he walked. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Kinney said her son hadn’t made specific plans for the future but that he knew he wanted to live on Lake Martin and have children.

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