10 years later: Family never far from reminders of first Oklahoman killed in Iraq War

Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Blair helped pull nine wounded Marines into an armored vehicle before enemy rocket-propelled grenades and a missile fired by a U.S. attack plane destroyed the vehicle. All those inside were killed.

BY BRYAN DEAN Published: March 24, 2013
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Lance Cpl. Thomas A Blair died 10 years ago on a road in Nasiriyah, Iraq.

Blair, 24, of Broken Arrow, was the first Oklahoman killed in the Iraq War. It took a yearlong investigation to unravel exactly what happened that day, but this much was never in doubt — Blair did his duty.

He helped pull nine...

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