|Services set Sunday for fallen soldier
Report: Soldier told others to stay back while they tried to disable bomb
|From Staff Reports|
Aug. 17, 2006 -- The U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday identified the soldier who was killed alongside the son of a Sulphur Springs man while on patrol in Iraq last weekend.
Staff Sgt. Kevin L. Zeigler, 31, of Braymer, Mo., was with Staff Sgt. Michael "Chad" Lloyd, the 24-year-old son of Jimmy and Dena Lloyd of Sulphur Springs, and Margaret Lloyd of Corpus Christi, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their dismounted patrol during combat operations in Baghdad Saturday, according to information from the U.S. Department of Defense.
According to a report in the Kansas City Star, Zeigler’s family was told that he and Lloyd died while trying to disable the explosive.
“He told the rest of them to stay back, and they went to disarm it,” said Keith Mallory, Zeigler’s stepfather.
Zeigler is survived by his wife, Stacy, and four children, the youngest of whom is a toddler, Mallory said.
Chad Lloyd was serving in his second tour of duty with the United States Army as a senior scout in the 10 Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division.
Army sources said Lloyd joined in January 2001 and became a cavalry scout in August 2002. His awards and decorations include the Army Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge and the M4 Expert Badge.
Lloyd was a 2000 graduate of Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, but spent many of his summers visiting his grandparents, Gambrell and Francis Lloyd, of Hopkins County.
Besides his parents, Chad Lloyd leaves behind a wife, Jessica, who also serves in the Army, stationed at Fort Hood with their 3-year-old son, James Thomas "J.T." Other survivors include one aunt from Sulphur Springs, Linda Moore; one sister, Amber Davis of Quinlan; one brother, Jordan Lloyd of Corpus Christi; and a host of family and friends throughout the country.
Memorial services for Michael Chad Lloyd are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, with burial to follow in Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.