By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
A Mooreville soldier died in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Tuesday while serving on his third tour of duty.
The Pentagon said Sgt. 1st Class Billy A. Sutton, 42, died from a medical condition unrelated to combat.
He was serving with the 288th Sapper Company based in Houston, conducting route clearance. The company is part of the larger 223rd Engineer Battalion out of West Point.
Sutton enlisted in the National Guard Sept. 5, 2001. He previously served two tours of duty in Iraq.
“As far as I’m concerned – I served with Bill for several years – and he was an excellent soldier and an excellent leader,” said Johnny Kimbrough, who served in the 288th with Sutton through two tours of duty in Iraq. “He was a (non-commissioned officer), and he was a really good one.”
Sutton had a wife, Traci Sutton of Mooreville, and a stepson.
Sutton is the 14th soldier from Northeast Mississippi to die while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, the first since February 2010.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.