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December 2, 2009

National Guard Commander, claimant in Toxic Exposure Lawsuit, Dies of Lung Cancer

Full Article at: Soldier in suit over chemical is dead
A funeral is set today for a retired Indiana National Guard commander who testified in October that exposure to a lethal carcinogen in Iraq caused his cancer.

Lt. Col. James C. Gentry, 52, Williams, Ind., died of lung cancer Wednesday. His death is a poignant marker in a pending federal lawsuit; his life inspired a federal bill working its way through Congress.

Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Indiana’s top National Guard general, will attend the service at noon at Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany in Southern Indiana.”

“Gentry, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, last spring joined a federal lawsuit filed in December 2008. It accuses Texas-based KBR and several related companies of concealing the risks faced by 136 Indiana National Guard soldiers potentially exposed to a cancer-causing agent, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The suit originally was filed on behalf of 16 Indiana soldiers but has grown to 47 plaintiffs, including the family of a soldier, David Moore, Dubois, Ind., who died of a lung disease in 2008.”

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