The Associated Press...
MARIETTA, Ohio — A soldier who died from injuries he suffered while in Iraq was remembered on Saturday as being a leader for younger troops.
“Allen Nolan frequently volunteered for the most complex and difficult mission in Iraq,” Brig. Gen. Michael Beasley said after Nolan was buried in this southeast Ohio city. “He was an excellent mentor and trainer of younger soldiers.”
Ray Whitmer III, pastor of Faith Bible Church in Williamstown, W.Va., said he told the 650 people at the church that “Allen Nolan often told people he was a father, husband, son and soldier, but foremost he was a Christian.”
A soldier from Nolan’s unit had his leave extended four days so he could attend the funeral. “What I will miss most about Allen is that he was always there if you needed help or counsel,” said Spc. Robert Lovell, 36, of Holmes County.
He is survived by his wife, Gail, and five children, ages 3 to 12.