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May 9, 2009. Tryon, NC.. In the last weeks of their deployment in Iraq, the 1451st Transportation Company of the NC National Guard lost 2 men to an IED explosion. After returning home, 4 of the surviving soldiers took their own lives.. 1st Sergeant Roger Parker served in Iraq with the 1451st Transportation Company of the NC National Guard when they lost 2 men to a roadside bomb. After returning from Iraq, 1st Sgt. Parker committed suicide, leaving behind a wife and his father and sister.. 1st Sgt. Parker is pictured here with his father Lawrence Parker before he deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm.