Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Willoughby

Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Willoughby

Died July 20, 2003 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

29, of Phenix City, Ala.; assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 221st Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gillem, Ga.; died on July 20 while riding in a vehicle that rolled over in Baghdad.

Before being called to active duty with the National Guard, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Willoughby was preparing for a bright future as an accountant. He graduated from Auburn University in 2002 with an accounting degree, and one of his professors said he excelled in her rigorous class on advanced accounting topics. He was a quiet student, but a favorite with classmates. “The students all liked him. They loved working with him on group projects,” professor Arlette Wilson said. “He was just a good guy.” Willoughby, 29, of Phenix City, Ala., died July 20 when the vehicle he was traveling in overturned in Baghdad. He was with a military intelligence battalion in the Army National Guard. “It’s a shame,” Wilson said. “We’re losing our best and our brightest.”

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