By RUSS OATES Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A Tennessee soldier was killed Monday when
a grenade exploded inside his vehicle in Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
Spc. Thomas Arthur Foley III, of Dresden, was one of two soldiers killed in the explosion.
Two others were wounded, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command.
The Foley family knew few details of the 23-year-old's death. The Army told the family
of the death late Monday and attributed it to friendly fire, said his grandmother, Anita Courtney of Dresden.
Also killed in the explosion was Pfc. John E. Brown, 21, of Troy, Ala., military
officials said. Both men were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. The regiment is part of
the 101st Airborne Division, which is based at Fort Campbell, Ky., about 50 miles northwest of Nashville.
The U.S. Central Command statement said two soldiers were killed and two more injured
in an "apparent accidental detonation of a grenade while they were performing maintenance on a vehicle in a checkpoint south
Foley's relatives said the Army is trying to locate his 22-year-old brother, David
Foley, who also is serving in Iraq.
"They're supposed to be looking for him," Courtney said through tears.
Thomas Foley and his wife, Paulette, who had been married for about a year and a
half, have a 6-month-old son, relatives said.
Courtney said people have been stopping
by her house bringing food and condolences as word of Foley's death spreads through this small town about 70 miles west of
Fort Campbell in rural northwest Tennessee.