Panhandle soldier who died in Iraq promoted posthumously

Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
MIAMI - A Florida Panhandle soldier killed in an explosion in Baghdad has been posthumously promoted, making him the highest-ranking soldier killed in action in the Iraq conflict, the Pentagon said Monday.
Col. William W. Wood, 44, of Panama City, died Oct. 27.
He was directing security operations after an improvised explosive device detonated when another bomb went off, according to the Defense Department. Wood was a lieutenant colonel at the time he was killed. The Army posthumously promoted him to colonel, Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Pamela Hart said. "It validates his career," said Wood's half brother, Donald H. Hansen of Panama City. "It's proper for the Army to do what they've done."
Wood was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, Modesto, Calif.

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