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Utah Soldiers Leave For Mission in Iraq

Utah Soldiers Leave For Mission in Iraq

Posted - Jul. 3, 2004 at 4:54 p.m.



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Kimberly Houck reportingThe news of Corporal Hassoun's death is hitting military families hard.

More than 100 Utah soldiers from the 148th Field Artillery detachments left this morning for training in Texas before heading to Iraq.

Their families are proud and staying positive, but they're also nervous about sending their loved ones into a dangerous situation.

Nearly 125 soldiers from Logan, Brigham City, and Camp Williams took off for Fort Bliss, Texas this afternoon. They will be training for the next four months before they head for Iraq. It's a cushion of time that's bringing some comfort to their families.

Clair Allen/ Father: "It makes you feel real proud, real proud to be an American, to know that they're serving our country in an honorable way, protecting out freedoms that our forefathers fought so hard for."

Patriotism is running high among the families, but so are the emotions of fear and worry, especially after news that kidnapped Corporal Hassoun may have been killed.

Monica Harris/ Soldier's Wife: "Of course, it makes anybody nervous. But I think with my religion and my faith, I feel everything's going to be okay."

Clair Allen: "Hope tht the boys are protected and watched over, and don't fall in the hands of the evil one."

A lot of families say they are relying on their faith now more than ever to see them through the uncertain future their loved ones are facing.

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