Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Torre R Mallard

Fredericksburg Virginia

March 10, 2008

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
27 Army Capt

2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment

Fort Hood, Texas

 Killed in Balad Ruz, Iraq, when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A soldier with past Oklahoma ties and two others were killed when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device, the Department of Defense said Thursday. Capt. Torre R. Mallard, 27; Sgt. Phillip R. Anderson, 28, of Everett, Wash., and Spc. Donald A. Burkett, 24, of Comanche, Texas, died on Monday in Balad Ruz, Iraq, officials said. The defense department listed Oklahoma as Mallard's home state but didn't include a hometown. 

He, Anderson and Burkett were assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. A call to Fort Hood's public affairs office wasn't immediately returned Thursday night. Mallard, a 2002 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., lived in Lawton when his father, 

Mose Mallard III, was stationed at Fort Sill. The Mallards last maintained an Oklahoma address about five years ago. Mallard's grandfather, Mose Mallard Jr., described Torre as the "finest young man in the world." "It broke my heart when I heard it," the Anniston, Ala., resident told The Oklahoman. "He played football and baseball, and he was just an outstanding student. (He) always got good grades. I was proud of him." Mose Mallard Jr. couldn't explain why the Department of Defense listed Torre Mallard's home state as Oklahoma. Mose Mallard III had a Lawton address briefly in 1986. Torre Mallard graduated high school in Slidell, La.

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