Batesville Soldier Among Dead Arkansans in Iraq

APRIL 27, 2004 - Posted at 7:37 a.m. CDT, updated at 8:01 a.m.

BATESVILLE, AR - The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette, which has a reporter embedded with the Arkansas-based 39th Infantry Brigade in Iraq, identified one of the Arkansas soldiers killed Sunday as 30-year-old Specialist Kenneth Melton of Batesville.  According to reports, Melton died when a roadside bomb detonated near Sadr City, Iraq.  The bomb exploded about 9:30 a.m. in an intersection where several explosive devices have been detonated since the occupation began.

Four Arkansans were killed Saturday in an early-morning rocket attack at the 39th's base camp in Taji, just north of Baghdad.  They are identified as Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Kordsmeier-Legate, 49, of North Little Rock; Captain Arthur "Bo" Felder, 36, of Lewisville; Staff Sergeant Stacey Brandon, 35, of Hazen; and Staff Sergeant Billy Joe Orton, 41, of Humnoke.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)