GLEN ROSE, AR - Sergeant Michael J. Yarbrough grew up wanting to be a soldier, his mother says, and he volunteered on one occasion to return to Iraq in place of a friend whose wife was expecting a baby.
The 24-year-old Marine from Glen Rose, was one of four who died in combat September 6 in Iraq. Yarbrough's mother, Rhonda Kidder, says her son was killed in a roadside bomb while on his third tour of duty. Yarbrough died in the Al Anbar province.
Kidder says her son and his wife planned to have children and that they doted on their nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Yarbrough is the second soldier to die from the Malvern area in recent days. Private First Class Donovan Witham of Malvern died in August after a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Iraq. Yarbrough is the 51st Arkansans to be killed in Iraq since the war began in 2003.