Baltimore soldier dies in Iraq

A Maryland soldier died Thursday in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

Sgt. John F. Burner III, 32, of Baltimore, who was based at Fort Gordon, Ga., died as a result of a medical condition in Iskandariya, Iraq, said fort spokesman Buz Yarnell. He was not killed in combat.

Sergeant Burner's unit, the 63rd Signal Battalion (Expeditionary), 35th Signal Brigade, deployed Aug. 21, Yarnell said.

He said Sergeant Burner was survived by his wife and two daughters, ages 6 and 2, who live in Grovetown, Ga., near the base. Relatives could not be reached for comment.

Sergeant Burner, a satellite systems team chief, entered the military in 1996 and did his advanced individual training at Fort Gordon, Yarnell said.

He was promoted to sergeant in April 2005, the spokesman said.

liz.kay@baltsun.com

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