Service Held for Region 8 Soldier Who Died in Iraq

MARCH 15, 2004 - Posted at 3:24 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Army captain and native Arkansan who died in Iraq from an apparent heart attack was honored today with a Bronze Star and an Army Achievement Medal.  41-year-old Gussie Jones died March 7.

Many of her relatives attended the funeral service today at Saint Mark's Baptist Church in Little Rock before joining a procession to the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Jones was with the 31st Combat Support Hospital, which is under the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, based at Fort Bliss in Texas.

She was born in Forrest City and was one of eight children.

In 1986, she received a bachelor's degree in general business administration from the University of Central Arkansas.  She began her Army career in 1988.

Jones was a nurse at Beaumont Army Medical Center's intensive care unit, and had volunteered to serve as a medical surgical nurse in Baghdad.

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