SEATTLE – A Washington National Guardsman from Tacoma has died from non-combat injuries suffered while serving in Iraq.
The Department of Defense says Sgt. William Spencer, 40, was injured last Sunday. He was evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany where he died.
The circumstances of how Spencer was injured are still under investigation.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Sergeant Spencer. The entire State stands with me in expressing our gratitude for his service and our condolences to his family," said Gov. Chris Gregoire in a press release.
The National Guard says Spencer served with the Washington Army National Guard's 81st Brigade Combat Team in Iraq through August 2009, and opted to stay in Iraq with the Mississippi Army National Guard when the 81st returned home.