Alaska Digest

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006

Governor's office identifies soldiers killed in Mississippi

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ANCHORAGE - The governor's office has identified two Alaska National Guard soldiers killed Thursday night in a traffic accident in Mississippi.

Sgt. 1st Class George William Dauma, Jr., 37, of Fairbanks, and Staff Sgt. William Franklin Brown, 54, of Barrow were killed on U.S. Highway 98 while driving between training locations.

The driver of their Humvee, Staff Sgt. William Schultz, 31, of Fairbanks, was injured, as was another passenger, 2nd Lt. Pritkal Aujla, 26. Both are being treated at Forrest General Hospital.

Schultz should be released from the hospital by Monday, according to the governor's office.

Major Gen. Craig E. Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, said the deaths were a great loss.

"Sergeant Brown has been with us for 30 years," he said.

"Both of these soldiers are experienced, dependable, and relied-upon leaders," Campbell said.

The soldiers are from the Alaska Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry, and were assigned for to Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion 297th Infantry.

The Alaskans, who were training at Camp Shelby, died when their Humvee was struck from behind by a large truck near the camp.

A tractor-trailer rig driven by Rodney Brown, 47, of Citronelle, Ala., slammed into the Humvee, according to the highway patrol.

Brown suffered moderate injuries. Passengers Kimberly Hoffman, 37, and Brandon Hoffman, 7, had minor injuries.

Three charged in stadium shooting

ANCHORAGE - Three young Anchorage men have been charged with firing guns at a football stadium.

The gunfire wounded one man and sent dozens of people scrambling for safety.

Norman Fagafaga, 21, was arrested Friday night. Kalani Maalona, 20, and Clayton Nai, 17, turned themselves in Saturday and were jailed.

All three are charged with first degree attempted murder and multiple counts of assault.

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