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Lt Col James Gentry dies from cancer after Toxic Exposure in Iraq

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 30, 2009

Ex-Indiana Soldier Who Blamed Cancer On Chemical Dies

WILLIAMS, Ind. (AP) – A formerIndiana National Guard commander has died after suffering from lung cancer he believed was caused by exposure to toxic chemicals in Iraq.

A funeral home says 52-year-old retired Lt. Col. James Gentry died Wednesday at his home in the southern Indiana community of Williams.

Gentry was commander of the 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry, which was assigned to guard a water pumping plant in Basrah, Iraq, shortly after the U.S. invasion in 2003.

Several soldiers from the unit have sued defense contractor KBR Inc., alleging it knowingly allowed them to be exposed to a known carcinogen. Houston-based KBR denies any wrongdoing.

Gentry was not a party to the suit but believed his cancer was caused by exposure.

Services will be Tuesday at Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany.

Original Story here

2 Responses to “Lt Col James Gentry dies from cancer after Toxic Exposure in Iraq”

  1. Ms Sparky said

    In an email from Mike Doyle it states that Col Gentry joined the suit early this year after hearing deposition testimony about what KBR knew and when they knew it with regards to exposing him and his troops to sodium dichromate at Qarmat Ali.

    My most sincere condolences to his family.

    Ms Sparky

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