Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
Incident: Army Sgt. Joseph M. Tackett died June 23 of a non-combat-related injury in Baghdad.
Kentucky soldier dies of non-combat injury in Iraq
By Betsy Vereckey
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The mother of a soldier from eastern Kentucky who died in Iraq said her son was fulfilling a lifelong dream to see the world.
Sgt. Joseph M. Tackett, 22, died Thursday in Baghdad of a non-combat related injury, Pentagon officials said.
Tackett’s mother, Kathy, said she was visited by a military representative Thursday evening, who said Tackett had been shot. She said she was told that no more details were available until an investigation had been completed.
Joseph Tackett often wrote e-mails to his mother in Whitehouse, Ky., where he was born and raised, telling her of the new and exciting things he was doing every day.
“He told me at one point that he was standing in a mosque and said, ‘There’s not many people who’ve ever done this, Mom,”’ Kathy Tackett said in a telephone interview on…