Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Report: Body identified as Joseph Anzack

About a month ago, the family of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. endured the most frightening of rumors: The soldier was dead in Iraq.

After messages were posted on, South High School, where he had been a football star, put a message on a sign outside that said: "In Loving Memory Joseph Anzack Class of 2005." It wasn't until the Red Cross helped his father speak with him by phone that the family could put the rumor to rest.

On Wednesday, the family relived the trauma only this time, it was real. Anzack was identified as the soldier whose body was found in the Euphrates River in Iraq after being abducted with two comrades a week and a half ago, a relative said.

"They told us, 'We're sorry to inform you the body we found has been identified as Joe,'" said the soldier's aunt, Debbie Anzack. "I'm in disbelief."

Read the rest at ABC News

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