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Lt. William Eric Emmert was killed in action in Mosul, Iraq, on February 24th, 2009.

Lt. William Eric Emmert was killed in action in Mosul, Iraq, on February 24th, 2009. (Courtesy of Tennessee Army National Guard)

The Pentagon has identified the soldier who was killed Tuesday in Mosul by men wearing Iraqi police uniforms.

First Lt. William E. Emmert, 36, was with the 269th Military Police Company, 117th Military Police Battalion, an Army National Guard unit out of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Emmert was killed in the shooting, which also claimed the life of an Iraqi interpreter working with U.S. troops in the northern Iraq city.

Three other soldiers and another interpreter were wounded in the incident.

The 269th MP Company deployed to Iraq in November, officials said.

"No words can express our sorrow over the loss of this outstanding soldier, leader and fine young man," Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, Tennessee’s adjutant general, said in a news release.

"He died doing something he truly believed in, preserving freedom for the Iraqi people."

Emmert’s hometown was listed as Lincoln, Tenn.

"From a little boy, he told us he wanted to be in the Army," Emmert’s father told a local television station.

"I know if he had had his way, he would be the one to fall and not his soldiers."

Emmert’s mother added that, "He will be missed more than you can ever know."


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