Missouri guardsman killedin road accident in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar - A Missouri Army National Guard soldier was killed and three soldiers were injured in a road accident in Qatar, the U.S. military said Sunday.

The Guard identified the soldier as Sgt. Michael C. Barry, 29, of Kansas City. He was a member of the 205th Area Support Medical Battalion.

Barry is survived by his wife, Spc. Jennifer Barry, also a member of the Missouri National Guard.

The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as the four were returning from Doha, the capital of the small Gulf kingdom, to Camp As Sayliyah, according to a statement from the U.S. military in Kuwait. A spokesman at As Sayliyah said he believed at least two vehicles were involved, but he had no further details.

All four service personnel were transported from the accident site to Ammad General Hospital in the capital, where a man later identified as Barry died of severe head trauma. After initial treatment, the three others were transferred to al-Udeid U.S. air base in Qatar.

"On behalf of all Missourians, I express my deepest sympathy to the family of Sgt. Michael Barry, who bravely left his home to go halfway across the world in service to our country," Gov. Bob Holden said in a prepared statement. "We mourn this loss but honor his courage and commitment."

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