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Funeral services held for fallen Army lieutenant colonel

CANTON, Ga. -- Friends and family said goodbye Monday to a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who passed away while stationed in Seoul, South Korea. Lt. Col.

Richard "Billy" Maltbie, of Stockbridge, Ga., died after suffering a massive heart attack on Oct. 7, according to his family. It's believed to have been triggered by injuries he received from multiple road side bomb attacks while stationed in Iraq He was 39. 

Maltbie was a graduate of the University of North Georgia, the Naval Postgraduate School and Webster University. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, helping to secure northwestern Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. 

At the time of this passing, Maltbie was Deputy Chief and Chief of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch in South Korea. 

Funeral services were held Monday at South Canton Funeral Home in Canton. Patriot Guard and Military Honor Guard members escorted his body to Georgia National Cemetery for burial.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly, of Leavenworth, Kansas, and three sons, Ashton, Chase and Spencer.


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