Pa. soldier killed in combat in Iraq
INDIANA, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania National Guard soldier was shot and killed while on a combat patrol with his unit in Mudiq, Iraq, military authorities said.
Sgt. 1st Class Randy D. McCaulley, 44, of Marion Center, was hit by small-arms fire when his dismounted patrol came under fire Thursday, the Department of Defense said. McCaulley was taken to Camp Taqaddum Shock and Trauma Center, where he later died, according to the Pennsylvania National Guard.
McCaulley was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry based in Indiana, Pa.
McCaulley enlisted in the Army after graduating from Marion Center High School in 1979 and served for four years, then joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1984. He is survived by his parents -- the Rev. James McCaulley, pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Clymer, and his wife, Donna -- and by his sons, Cody, 21, and Dustin.
McCaulley is the 24th soldier of the Pennsylvania National Guard to be killed in action in Iraq. More than 2,200 Pennsylvania National Guard troops are serving in Iraq.