Burleson Soldier Among 4 Killed in Afghanistan Tuesday

Spc. William R. Moody
U.S. Army

The Pentagon announced Thursday that an Army soldier from Burleson was one of four soldiers killed near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Department of Defense officials said Spc. William R. Moody, 30, was among the soldiers who died from wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked their unit with rockets.

Moody’s wife is heading to Dover Air Force Base to await the return of his body.

Moody, a father of three, would have celebrated his 10-year wedding anniversary in January. He was home in Burleson two months ago for the funeral of his father-in-law, who died in a car crash.

A family member said Moody loved being in the military and serving his country. He planned to become a police officer after completing his tour.

Moody was a motor transport operator. He joined the Marines in 2003 after high school and served two tours of duty in Iraq with that branch of the military. He joined the Army in 2008. He was on his third tour in Afghanistan and was expecting to finish his latest tour in September.

He was a member of the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

During his Army career, he was awarded 13 medals and ribbons, including an Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon among others.

Moody died along with Spc. Ember Alt of Beech Island, S.C., 21; and Spec. Robert Ellis, of Kennewick, Wash., 21. The three were with the 4th Infantry Division of Fort Carson, Colo.

The fourth soldier killed was identified as Sgt. Justin Johnson, of Hobe Sound, Fla., 25. He was assigned to the 7th Sustainment Brigade of Fort Eustis, Va.

All four were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

NBC 5's Eric King contributed to this report.

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