Tennessee National Guard soldier killed in Iraq

From Staff Reports

   Nashville -- The first member of a Tennessee National Guard unit has been killed in action in Iraq.
   Sergeant Roger Dale Rowe, 54, of Bon Aqua died on July 9, 2003, when Iraqi gunmen ambushed his military convoy south of Baghdad, according to a statement released late Thursday by Tennessee Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett.
   Sgt. Rowe, a 17-year veteran, was a member of Detachment 1, 771st Maintenance Company in Hohenwald, but was serving in Iraq with the 1174th Transportation Company from Dresden and Newbern.
   The 1174th deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in April to provide transportation support for coalition forces throughout the area of operations.
   "Our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences go out to Sgt. Rowe's wife and family," Hargett said. "The entire Tennessee National Guard is shocked and saddened by this tragic loss. Sgt. Rowe will be deeply missed by his National Guard family and friends."
   There are more than 3,500 Tennessee Army and Air National Guard soldiers and airmen deployed in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, according to the state Department of Military.