Assigned to the 1544th Transportation Company, Illinois Army National Guard, Paris, Ill.
Incident: Army Sgt. Shawna M. Morrison was killed Sept. 5 during a mortar attack in Baghdad.
First female Illinois Guard member killed in Iraq eulogized
PARIS, Ill. — School children lined the streets and bagpipes played Tuesday as the community paid its final respects to Sgt. Shawna Morrison, the first female member of the Illinois National Guard to die in combat in Iraq.
Morrison, 26, and another member of the 1544th Transportation Company, Spc. Charles Lamb, 23, were killed Sept. 5 in a mortar attack on their base near Baghdad. Fifteen other soldiers from the Paris-based unit were injured.
“Regardless of politics or opinions about war, today we stand in the presence of honor, duty, love and sacrifice,” the Rev. Kevin Huddleston told mourners in the east-central Illinois town of…