Pfc. Owen D. Witt of Sand Springs was killed Monday in an armored vehicle rollover in Dwar, Iraq, the U.S. Army reported Wednesday.
Witt, 20, was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Calvary, 1st Infantry Division based in Schweinfurt, Germany, and had been in Iraq since February, said his mother, Karen Witt.
The accident Monday in Dwar _ the area where Saddam Hussein was captured in mid-December _ also injured two other soldiers. The Army did not immediately release any other details.
Karen Witt said her youngest son loved to paint landscapes, sing country songs and act in school plays at Garfield County High School in Jordan.
"He was kind of a goof off," she said in a telephone interview Wednesday from the family ranch near Sand Springs. "He was not a studious child. He gave his teachers lots of trouble, but they all loved him."
Witt said her son joined the Army right out of high school and had been stationed in Germany for a year before going to Iraq.
"He got to come home at Christmas," she said. "We just talked to him on the phone last Thursday. He would call me every two weeks. He'd tell me how hot it was.
"He told me, `If anything, mother, I'm gonna die of heat stroke,'" she said, adding that it was 135 degrees in Iraq.
"At one time he thought he wanted to be a stand-up comedian," she said. He liked to do Jeff Foxworthy routines, or speak in made-up accents.
"He did like to sing too. He had dreams of being a big country western singer. He was gonna learn to play the guitar, but he never learned to play the guitar," she said.
Witt said it could be four or five days before her son's body arrives at Malmstrom Air Force Base near Great Falls. He will be buried with full military honors at the same cemetery between Sand Springs and Jordan where his grandparents are buried.
"We're real proud of him and all the kids in Garfield County (that are) in the military," she said.
Owen Witt is also survived by his father, David, and his brothers Cody of Missoula and Kelly and Troy of Sand Springs.
Witt is the second Montana soldier to die in Iraq.
Army 1st Lt. Matthew Edward Saltz of Bigfork was killed in Baghdad on Dec. 22
Saltz, 27, was one of two soldiers in the 1st Armored Division killed along with an Iraqi translator when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee.
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