Arkansas Soldier Dies in Friendly Fire in Iraq

October 3, 2003 - Posted at: 7:57 a.m. CDT

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- A 20-year-old Army soldier from Springdale was killed by friendly fire in Iraq.

Specialist Dustin "Dusty" McGaugh was killed Tuesday about fifty miles north of Baghdad.  His father, James McGaugh of Springdale, says the Army is still investigating how his son was killed.

McGaugh died in Balad, Iraq.  He was a part of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade of Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  The army listed his hometown as Derby, Kansas.

James McGaugh says all the Army has told him so far is that his son was killed by friendly fire and that the case is still open.

James McGaugh says his son grew up in Springdale and joined the Army ROTC after he graduated from high school in 2001 in Tulsa, OK.  McGaugh's unit was sent to the Middle East in the spring.  McGaugh said his son enlisted before the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

James McGaugh said the Army notified him Wednesday of his son's death.  He says a soldier in his son's unit told him his son was popular with Iraqi children because he handed out candy.

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