Pueblo, Colo. (AP) The body of a Pueblo soldier killed in Iraq is expected to arrive back in the United States sometime Thursday, just three days after a roadside bomb killed him in Iraq.
The Pentagon says 22-year-old specialist Blake Harris died Monday when an improvised explosive device detonated near a vehicle carrying him and two other soldiers in Baqubah.
Twenty-two-year-old specialist Ryan D. Russell of Elm City, North Carolina and 21-year-old private Barry W. Mayo of Ecru, Mississippi were also killed.
Harris' mother, Deborah, says her son was proud to be in the Army, and that he told her he needed to be in Iraq with his buddies.
It was his second tour of duty there.
Harris was a 2002 graduate of South High School in Pueblo, and was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.