Soldier from Burleson dies in Taliban rocket attack during third Afghan tour

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A soldier from Burleson, serving a third tour in Afghanistan, died Tuesday in a rocket attack on the Bagram Air Base, the Army confirmed Thursday.

Spec. William R. Moody, 30, was married and a father of three, his wife’s grandmother said.

Moody was one of four soldiers killed in Tuesday’s attack. A Taliban spokesman said the militants fired two rockets into the base late Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Moody was a motor transport operator assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, Colo., the Army said.

A base spokesman said the soldier specialized in driving large military trucks and he was involved in various tasks including resupply, logistics and transportation.

“I drive anything that has wheels or tracks on it,” Moody wrote on his Facebook page.

Moody joined the Army in December 2004, the Army said.

The Facebook page also indicated he served in the Marines from 2003-2007. Of that, he wrote that he “defended my country.”

Moody’s wife, Lacy, was not available Thursday evening, but her grandmother, Barbara Neylon of Arlington, confirmed that the soldier was a graduate of Burleson High School.

Moody’s first two tours to Afghanistan began in 2009 and 2010, and he returned there in November 2012, the Army said. The Army reported that he had earned 13 medals.

Other soldiers killed in Tuesday’s attack were Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; Spec. Ember M. Alt, 21, of Beech Island, S.C.; and Spec. Robert W. Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, Wash.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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