The war in Iraq has really hit home in Lodi.
Guy Stanley (Stan) Hagy Jr., 31, an Army staff sergeant who lived in Lodi for two years in the 1990s, was killed in action by an explosive on Monday in Baghdad, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
"It was possibly a bombing," his mother, Victoria Hagy, told the Richlands News-Press in Virginia. "He was at his post, but we weren't told much more than that."
Guy Hagy Jr.
Hagy, who enlisted in the Army while living in Lodi in 1996, was a mortar crewman in the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in Fort Hood, Texas. He was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.
Hagy lived in Lodi for two years before enlisting in the Army in 1996, according to his wife's aunt, Denise Grady.
Hagy and Sgt. Carl Thomas, 29, of Phoenix, were killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their observation post, according to a written statement from their base at Fort Hood. No other details were available Wednesday night. The incident remained under investigation.
The deaths of Hagy and Thomas bring the death toll, as of Wednesday, to 1,019 Americans killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to the Associated Press.
Born Feb. 28, 1973 in Tazewell, Va., Hagy grew up in Virginia. He was married to Elysia (Lisa) A. Powell Hagy, a Stockton native.
Hagy attended high school in Tazewell, in western Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enlisted in the Army in December 1996 and had been assigned to Fort Hood since June 2003.
Hagy loved serving in the Army and had made it his life's career. He was known as a favorite of children he met.
In addition to his wife, Hagy is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Hagy; a stepson, Robert Fulton; his father, Guy S. Hagy Sr., of Tazwell, Va.; and three brothers, Andrew, Chris and Joe Hagy, all from Virginia.
Memorial services are pending in Iraq and in Fort Hood, Texas. A funeral is planned at a later date in Stockton.