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Eric Toth honored on Sunday, April 29, 2018
Rolling Thunder project. A distinctive sign now marks the home of Purple Heart recipient on Mitchell Edwards Road, Sulphur Well
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By Chris Lagermann
Eric Toth was a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard and was the only Metcalfe County soldier killed in the line of duty in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He was driving a Humvee and encountered a vehicle-born improvised explosive device along a main supply route in Baghdad, Iraq. He had been deployed with Tompkinsville-based A Battery of the 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery United in January 2005 and was killed on March 30, 2005 at the age of 21.
Eric's mother Brenda Paronto and her husband Steve were there for the dedication ceremony along with his widow Andrea, Brenda's sister Barbara Boston and her husband Ron from Mount Sterling; Jerry Gassaway (who served with the 623rd from 1975 to 1995 and is a past president and current senior vice president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6281 in Edmonton; and some of Toth's siblings, nieces and nephews.
Getting the sign installed honoring Eric was done by the Kentucky Chapter 2 of the Rolling Thunder (a veteran's support group that strives to get recognition for military service members as part of the Purple Heart Highways program).
The two-sided sign is on the end of Mitchell Edwards Road and Highway 70 at Sulphur Well just down the road from the Lighthouse Restaurant.
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