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Soldier With Longview Ties Is Killed In Iraq

A soldier with ties to East Texas has died in Iraq. The military says 21-year-old army specialist Eric Poelman was killed Sunday in battle.

Eric is from Racine, Wisconsin. His parents moved to Longview a year ago. We spoke to Eric's parents, Matt and Sally Poelman, Monday evening. They say Eric called them Saturday, saying he was tired from all of the work he had been doing in Iraq. During that last phone call, Matt and Sally say Eric assured them about his faith in God. The Poelman's are leaving in the morning for Wisconsin to be with Eric's wife of one year.

The military says Eric died when a roadside bomb exploded near his humvee.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

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