JASPER, AR - Another soldier from Arkansas has died in Iraq. Sergeant William W. Bushnell, 24, of Jasper, died Saturday in Baghdad from wounds he suffered when his vehicle was struck by a rocked-propelled grenade during combat.
Bushnell had been assigned to the Second Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, Fourth Brigade Combat Team, First Cavalry Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas. He was the 13th soldier from the brigade to be killed since it was deployed to Iraq in October.
Bushnell's parents, Wesley and Peggy Bushnell of Mount Sherman, said Bushnell was their only son. He enlisted in 2002 and served in Afghanistan before he was deployed to Iraq.
Bushnell was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. A memorial ceremony to honor him will be held at Fort Bliss on May 16.