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Jackson 04/26/08

Mississippi Guardsman Laid To Rest

Friends, family and fellow soldiers gathered for the funeral of a Mississippi National guardsman.

Master Sergeant Phillip O'Keith Blackman died last week after a lengthy illness.

Blackman attended high school in Madison County.  He joined the National Guard after one semester of community college.

His career in the guard spanned over 25 years.  He was deployed during the first gulf war in 1991.  Blackman also served in Germany and Guantanimo Bay.

At the time of his death he was Operations NCO with the 113th Military Police Company headquartered in Brandon, which was mobilized under Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Blackman received numerous awards and medals for his service.

Lt. Col. Kim Jackson, Commander of the 112th Military Police Battalion said, "...he was family first and army second and was always remembered -- will be remembered as one of the great military police, family and always be remembered as a great soldier."

Blackman is survived by his wife and three sons.

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