A 21-year-old soldier who earned a Purple Heart in Iraq and had just re-enlisted for another six years was killed while pursuing insurgents thought to be behind a recent attack near Baghdad, family members said.
Army Spc. Randy Lee Stevens, of Genesee County's Flint Township, died Saturday in Iraq. He was with the 17th Field Artillery Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Combat Brigade, and was stationed in Camp Hovey, Korea, the Army said Tuesday.
His family told The Flint Journal that he died after an attack on his base 70 miles west of Baghdad. He had returned to Iraq last week after a two-week leave and had 90 days left in Iraq. After that, he wanted to become a recruiter in Flint, his brother said.
"He always had a sense of duty, that was his big thing," brother Jacob Maxwell, 30, of Flint Township, told the newspaper.
"I dropped him at the airport April 6, and he got hold of me April 13 to say he'd made it back safe and sound," Maxwell said.
"He was happy because his chief had got him out of going out on a raid that night.
"Sunday morning, they woke us up with the news he'd been killed."