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Jackson 06/18/07

Mississippi National Guard Soldier Remembered

by Jon Kalahar




A motorcycle accident has claimed the life of one of the Mississippi National Guard's commanding officers. Colonel Stacy Coleman was killed when a car pulled in front of the motorcycle he was driving on Interstate 40 near Crossville, Tennessee. He was on his way to the army war college in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.  Wlbt spoke with guard commanders about the loss of Colonel Coleman.

"He's one of those people who left the world a lot better place than he found it, he always did good," said Major General Harold Cross, Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard.

Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard, Maj. Gen. Harold Cross visited with Colonel Stacy Coleman's troops last summer during their deployment to Afghanistan. Coleman led the second battalion, twentieth special forces group, headquartered in Jackson. At the time of his death, he was Deputy Commander of the 66th Troop Command, also headquartered in Jackson.

 "He was a commander that would stand with them in the toughest times, if there was a risky mission, he would be on it," said Cross.

Coleman's troops searched the country side for the Taliban and their weapons. It's hard to understand how he could survive those missions only to die in an accident back home. Wlbt shot this video of Coleman as he remembered fallen soldiers just this past Memorial Day in Brandon.

Colonel Coleman is being hailed as a soldier's soldier here at the Mississippi National Guard, that's because he always put himself before his fellow soldier, even the ones he commanded. That's why his death is gonna leave a hole that's hard to fill.

"I'm gonna miss him on the full time side, I'm gonna miss him on the traditional side, I'm gonna miss him as a personal friend," said Major General Mitch Brown.

Coleman leaves behind a wife and two children. Wife, Debra served as lieutenant colonel in the 184th transportation Brigade from Laurel. She was deployed to Ecuador at the time of her husband's accident. General Cross says their second family will be there for support.

"His family needs protection now, they need our love and support and they'll certainly get that not just during this bereavement but forever," said Cross.

And for all he did, Colonel Stacy Coleman will be remembered forever as a hero.    

Colonel Coleman's visitation will be Tuesday evening from six to eight at the Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway. His funeral service will take place at Galloway United Methodist Church in downtown Jackson Wednesday, starting at 11 a-m.

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