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Jimmy Lee Shelton

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An Army soldier with Palm Beach County ties was killed Saturday morning during a mortar attack in Iraq.

Jimmy Lee Shelton, 21, who grew up in Fort Myers, died at about 5:30 a.m. Iraqi time Saturday. His mother, Belle Glade resident Donna Manger, said he was sleeping in his bunker when the attack occurred.

"He was a brave person," Manger said. "He got along with everyone. He was an all-around good person."

Manger, who works in the accounting department for the city of Belle Glade, said her son e-mailed her at least once a week from Iraq.

The last time she saw him was this past summer, when he came for a visit. Together, they drove down to the Keys.

"We had a blast," she said.
Published in The Palm Beach Post on Dec. 7, 2005
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