from the Cape Cod Times – A young mother of three who was a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, died last week in Iraq of injuries in a noncombat-related accident.
Staff Sgt. Alicia (Finklea) Birchett, 29, who graduated from Falmouth High School in 1995, died Aug. 9 in Baghdad from injuries sustained in a truck accident the day before, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Defense.
The same release says the accident is under investigation.
Birchett, known to her friends and family as “Little Brown Bee,” was assigned to the 887th Engineer Co., 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky. Her decorations include the Bronze Star.
Staff Sgt. Birchett is survived by her husband and three sons. According to news sources, she will be laid to rest this weekend in a traditional Wampanoag ceremony.