VIET NOW: Local G.I. Jane Dead By I.E.D.

soldierfallen.jpg(CBS 3) MACUNGIE For the third time this week, a military service member from the area has died in Iraq. The latest victim is Sergeant Ashly Moyer of Lehigh County. The 21-year-old was killed when an IED or roadside bomb exploded under the Humvee she was traveling in while in Central Baghdad.

Asley’s sister said she will never forget the last few words that they shared while communicating on the computer.

“I love you, I miss you, be careful,” said Karissa Thomas.

Ashly was a graduate of Emmaus High School and her family lived in Macungie, Lehigh County.

She first guarded detainees at Guantanamo Bay before heading to Baghdad.

“Ashly was never happy just being; as if being a student or finding a profession; she wanted to fight for something and the United States Army gave her that opportunity,” said Karissa.

Her tour of duty was due to end in June and at that point, her boyfriend who is currently serving in Iraq, was planning on proposing to her.

“She was amazing, she inspired me to do things I never thought I could do,” said Karissa.

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