Colo. Man Among Soldiers Killed in Iraq
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) _ Rather than tell of the battlefield in Iraq in the last note he sent to his wife, Sgt. Thomas F. Broomhead showered her with compliments in a Mother’s Day card.
``All I wanted to know was about Iraq and all he kept talking about was how I was a great mother and how lucky the kids were,″ Kelli Broomhead said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.
Her husband was one of two Fort Carson soldiers killed a day earlier at an Iraqi checkpoint. Nine other American troops were injured and two Iraqis were killed in the gunfight in Fallujah, where Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party still has strong support.
On Thursday, another U.S. soldier was killed by hostile fire while traveling on a main supply route in Iraq, a military statement said. The soldier was not identified.
The latest death brought to nine the number of American soldiers who have died this week in Iraq, where there has been a sharp escalation in clashes between Iraqis and U.S. troops in recent days.
Broomhead, 34, was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based at Fort Carson.
Born in Ohio and raised in Fort Myers, Fla., Broomhead joined the Marines out of high school in 1989. He left the service briefly and re-enlisted in the Army a few years later with hopes of becoming a helicopter pilot.
``He liked it a lot. He was in it for the long-haul,″ his wife said during an interview at the family’s home at the Fort Carson military post. They have three sons, ages 7, 9 and 11.
It was Broomhead’s sense of humor that drew her in. She talked about his teasing and inside jokes with a sparkle in her eyes.
They met in Arizona, where they lived until 1997, and married in 2000 sitting at their dining room table. ``We high-fived each other and I drove him to the bus station for basic training,″ she said.
Broomhead, who was deployed April 6, also served in the Gulf War.
``(He) will be remembered for his dedication to the cause of freedom,″ Gov. Bill Owens said in a written release. ``My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many other families who still have loved ones away at war.″
Seven soldiers from Fort Carson have been killed in Iraq since May 1.
On Monday, another Fort Carson soldier, Maj. Mathew E. Schram, 36, of Brookfield, Wis., was killed when gunmen ambushed a military convoy in northern Iraq. Another soldier from the post was injured.