PFC Patrick W. May U.S. soldier, son of local couple, killed in Iraq

Army says death 'non-combat related'; incident under investigation

From Staff Reports

Sept. 11, 2008 - The son of a Sulphur Springs couple was killed earlier this month while serving his country in Iraq.

Pvt. 1st Class Patrick W. May, 22, the son of Rieca and Gary Littrell of Sulphur Springs, died Sept. 2 as a result of what the Army termed "a non-combat related incident" in Baghdad. No other details have been released.

The incident is under investigation, although Army officials said the inquiry is standard procedure.

"For every death that occurs, there is an investigation, so this one shouldn't be viewed as any more or less suspicious," said Julie Cupernall, a media relations officer at Fort Drum in Jamestown, N.Y., where May was based. "It is standard procedure and done for the soldier and the soldier's family.''

May, who joined the Army in 2006, was assigned to the Division Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), from Fort Drum in Western New York, where he had received training to become an intelligence analyst.

New York Gov. David A. Paterson ordered flags on New York State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in honor of May.

"On behalf of the citizens of New York I wish to extend our condolences to the family of Private 1st Class May, and to his fellow soldiers from the Army's 10th Mountain Division serving at home and overseas," said Gov. Paterson. "Private 1st Class May's service to our nation will never be forgotten."

Army says death not

combat-related; incident under investigation

From Staff Reports

The son of a Sulphur Springs couple was killed earlier this month while serving his country in Iraq.

Pvt. 1st Class Patrick W. May, 22, the son of Rieca and Gary Littrell of Sulphur Springs, died Sept. 2 as a result of what the Army termed "a non-combat related incident" in Baghdad. No other details have been released.

The incident is under investigation, although Army officials said the inquiry is standard procedure.

"For every death that occurs, there is an investigation, so this one shouldn't be viewed as any more or less suspicious," said Julie Cupernall, a media relations officer at Fort Drum in Jamestown, N.Y., where May was based. "It is standard procedure and done for the soldier and the soldier's family.''

May, who joined the Army in 2006, was assigned to the Division Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), from Fort Drum in Western New York, where he had received training to become an intelligence analyst.

New York Gov. David A. Paterson ordered flags on New York State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in honor of May.

"On behalf of the citizens of New York I wish to extend our condolences to the family of Private 1st Class May, and to his fellow soldiers from the Army's 10th Mountain Division serving at home and overseas," said Gov. Paterson. "Private 1st Class May's service to our nation will never be forgotten."

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