A Coeur d'Alene man died in Iraq, the second Idaho soldier to die in the war in as many days.
Sgt. Major Bradly D. Conner , 41, was killed Wednesday near Al-Hillah, Iraq, by a roadside bomb. Conner, was in Special Forces and assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Conner's death came a day after Army Cpl. Blake Stephens, 25, of Pocatello died from a roadside bomb, two months after he was deployed to Iraq.
It was Connor's fourth deployment to Iraq since 2003. His father, William Conner, told the Idaho Statesman in a telephone interview that his son was an "outstanding" man with a wife and three children. William Conner described his son as a devout born-again Christian.
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"He accepted everyone as they were. He made an impression on everybody's life, " William Conner said. "He was just outstanding."
Conner, a native of Tacoma, Wash., was raised in Coeur d'Alene, where William and Kay Conner lived since the 1970s . Bradly Conner graduated from Kellogg High School, where he was involved in many sports, drama, choir and R.O.T.C., William Conner said.
"Everything a kid could get involved in, " his father said.
He enlisted in the Army in 1987 and served in a number of Special Forces assignments with the 10th Special Forces Group before his last assignment as a company sergeant major with the 1st Special Forces Group.
Conner is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his son, Aaron; his daughters, Katherine and Rachel, all of Fort Lewis, Wash. He is also survived by his brothers Brian and Bruce Conner, and his sister Brenda Day, according to an Army press release.
The Conner family is "loving, " and "close knit, " William Conner said.
William Conner said his son had been working to restore a 1969 Firebird, which was almost completed.
"All but the back seat, inside and out, " he said. "It's an amazing thing."
Conner's awards and decorations include three Bronze Star Medals, Purple Heart, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Joint Service Commendation Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, seven Army Achievement Medals and a Joint Meritorious Unit Award among others.
He is at least the 27th Idaho soldier to die in combat in Iraq since the United States military invaded in March 2003.
Contact reporter Kathleen Kreller at kkrelleridahostatesman.com or 377-6418.