- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A U.S. paratrooper who was killed fighting in Iraq 10 years ago has been honored with a diploma from Bishop State Community College.

WKRG-TV (http://bit.ly/1ryhq8Y ) reports that the parents of Corporal Chris Mason walked across the stage of the Mobile Civic Center to collect their son’s diploma on Thursday night.

Prior to becoming a paratrooper, Mason had been an instructor at Bishop State, working in the commercial truck driving department.

Garlend Mason says his son joined the armed forces at the age of 30 after being “tired of watching other men and women die for his freedom.”

The 32-year-old soldier was killed on Nov. 28, 2006 when his military vehicle came under attack outside of Bayji, Iraq.

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Information from: WKRG-TV, http://www.wkrg.com/

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