Pocahontas Soldier Dies in Iraq from Non-Combat Injuries

AUGUST 16, 2005 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CDT, updated at 10:26 a.m. CDT, updated August 18 at 11:05 a.m.

Taji, IRAQ - A helicopter repair worker from Pocahontas has died in Iraq of non-combat related injuries.

The Defense Department says Specialist Rusty W. Bell died Friday.  He was 21.  Bell had been assigned to the Army's 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, which is based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.

An Army spokeswoman says Bell's death was being investigated as a matter of course.  The Army says Bell was married and his wife, Jamie, lives at the Georgia airfield.

Bell attended Pocahontas High School for a time.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. at the  McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.   Visitation will be Sunday evening, 5 - 7 p.m.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)