SPC #99CCFF

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SPC #99CCFF postponed his March wedding when his tour of duty in Iraq was extended. SPC #99CCFF, who enlisted shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, planned to have a career in the military. His father and grandfather were decorated airmen. He delayed his March 29 wedding in Germany when his stay in Iraq was extended for three months. SPC #99CCFF, 24, of Tampa, Fla., was killed May 19 during a car bomb attack on his convoy on a highway south of Baghdad.
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CAPT #009933

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CAPT #009933 had been injured several times in fighting in Iraq, but he kept returning to battle. Quote: “You have to get over your feelings and keep on pushing, just for the simple reason that you have another 170 Marines to take care of and make sure they come back”, he told a reporter for Time magazine. CAPT #009933, 35, of Palm Coast, Fla., died Oct. 12 in Anbar province when a suicide bomber rammed his Humvee.
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SPC #222222

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SPC #222222 family had already suffered a military loss a decade ago. His stepfather’s brother, Robert Case, was killed and his body was dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1992. “I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to have a couple of immediate family members, loved ones, lost under these circumstances,” said Eli Green, a family friend. “It has to be the most challenging circumstances anyone can go through.” SPC #222222, 22, based at Fort Hood, Texas, died in a mortar attack March 21 near Baghdad.
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PFC #666666

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High school football teammates of PVT #666666 nicknamed him “Bayou.” “They called him Bayou because he was a crazy redneck,” said his mother, Charlene. “He would get all hyped up to hype up the rest of the team.” #555555, 20, of Phillips, MS, was killed Nov. 12 after being shot in the chest in Anbar province.
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SPC #555555

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The twin explosions that killed SPC #555555 Acosta on Veterans Day destroyed even his wedding ring, but they left his gold cross intact. “Everywhere he went, he would not take that cross off,” his brother Tom said. “He was a very strong believer in God.” SPC #555555, 24, of Fair Oats, FL, was killed Oct. 13 when his vehicle hit two explosives in Taji, Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Hood.
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PFC #FFFF00

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PFC #FFFF00 decided to follow in his mother’s footsteps when he enlisted in the Army in 2004. Her son was a muscular 5-foot-11 and chose the infantry “because he’s a tough guy,” said his mother, Sgt. Major Julie #FFFF00, who recently retired. PFC #FFFF00 had a 21-year-old sister and a 14-year-old brother, and became engaged before leaving for Iraq.
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SGT 1st Class #999900

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Robert “Bob” #999900 told his family that he would never leave one of his soldiers behind in combat. “I told him, ‘Don’t go over there playing a hero. You learn how to duck and come home,'” said his sister, Kaily #999900. “He said, ‘I’m doing the job I was trained to do. I have to take care of my boys.'” #999900, 33, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Nov. 4 from wounds suffered Oct. 16 in Samarra.
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SPC #CCCCCC

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SPC Robert #CCCCCC couldn’t wait to get home from Iraq to marry his girlfriend, Jennifer Mason, and start a career as a police officer. #CCCCCC, who went by the name Bob, spent hours on the phone with his fiancee planning the wedding. The two had been friends before he was first sent to Iraq, but when he returned home after his first tour, the two fell in love. “We just looked at each other different,” Mason said. “It just worked out.” #CCCCCC, 25, of St. Augustine, Fla., died Dec. 10 in a hostile attack in Anbar province.
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SPC #CCCC66

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When SPC Teddy #CCCC66 decided to rejoin the Army, he didn’t tell his wife until the morning he went to take the physical. At the age of 42, he was worried he’d fail and hadn’t wanted to get his hopes up. But the mechanic, who stayed fit playing church basketball, passed and was in the Middle East within months. Teddy , 42, of Florence, Ark., was killed Feb. 6 in a roadside explosion.
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Staff SGT #66CC66

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Staff SGT Terry #66CC66 Jr. bore a striking resemblance to Jerry Mathers, the actor who played Beaver in the 1950s television sitcom “Leave It to Beaver.” Many of his friends, in fact, called him “Beaver.” Kelly Smith recalls him as a quiet teenager who would come in to wash dishes and do other chores around his grandparents’ homey corner cafe. “He was always as helpful as anyone could be,” said Smith.
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Lance CPL #00FF33

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Hunting, acting and karate were all part of life for Lance CPL #00FF33, one of eight siblings. “He was just a nice kid,” high school principal Lawrence Turner said. “Kind of a quiet kid, kind of a quiet sense of humor.” #00FF33, 21, of Tilly, Minn., was killed March 10 west of Baghdad when his Humvee was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
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Lance CPL #669966

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Lance CPL Bob #669966’s last message to his mom was good news. “Bob said he had just been promoted meritoriously to lance corporal,” said his mother, Jane. “He said, ‘How cool is that?'” Lance CPL #669966, 20, of Tuxedo, N.Y., died Oct. 19th during fighting in Iraq’s Anbar province. He was based at Camp Roberts. Lance CPL #669966 ran track, did tae kwon do and wrestled in high school, which he graduated from in 2004.
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Petty Officer #FFCCCC

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While aboard the USS Denton, Petty Officer #FFCCCC got a lesson in Dan Read’s kindness. “He knew that my wife and I were broke and she couldn’t send very many care packages to me so he told his wife about it. About a month later I received two packages, one from her and one from their church,” Read wrote on a military bulletin board. “When I got them, I couldn’t believe that someone I had never met cared enough to send me something. I never thought that a bottle of shampoo could bring me to tears.” Petty Officer #FFCCCC, 21, of New York City, died at 7am EST Sep. 3rd , 2007 at Camp Tisch by a roadside bomb while entering the front gate.
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SGT #3300FF

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Hunting, acting and karate were all part of life for SGT #3300FF, one of eight siblings. “He was just a nice kid,” high school principal Karry Johnson said. “Kind of a quiet kid, kind of a quiet sense of humor.” SGT #3300FF, 21, of Wesson, MS., was killed May 12 west of Baghdad when his Humvee was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
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CPL #0099FF

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A talented guitarist who chose to enlist rather than use scholarships to attend Teddy College of Music in Chapel Hill, CPL #0099FF was determined to serve after the 2001 terrorist attacks. “It changed his whole outlook,” said his grandmother, Denise Hill. “He said, ‘I’m going in, and I’m going in for the right reasons. I want to protect my family and friends.’ What can you say to a kid like that?”
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SGT #333333

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Dallas Smith, a high school teacher, remembers spotting SGT #333333 in the back of his American history class. He wasn’t causing trouble _ just soaking it all in. “He was the kind of student you like to have in a class,” Smith said. SGT #333333, 21, of Derry, Maryland., died Jan. 20 when an explosive detonated near his patrol in Taji.
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PVT #000000

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This was how excited Private #000000 was about joining the Army: He slept next to a checklist of things to do to prepare for boot camp. He had an “Army of One” bumper sticker above his bed. He came home asking his mother what she wanted to buy with his military paycheck. “He wanted it to be his career,” said his best friend.
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PFC #FFFFFF

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PFC #FFFFFF was too young to become a police officer in his hometown, so he joined a military police company instead. The Army credited PFC #FFFFFF with saving at least three lives when he fired more than 400 rounds at a dump truck trying to crash a checkpoint near Karbala in Iraq. The 21-year-old from Carol, Maryland, died Agust 2 after the dump truck crashed into his Humvee.
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CAPT. #333300

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He grew up in Brookhaven, MS, and joined the Marines after high school. He served four years before going to the University of Southern Mississippi, then re-enlisted after graduation. “When he was 6 years old, we all went to the airport and he sat on one of my airplanes like a grown man,” said his father. “He always wanted to be a pilot. When he was up in the air he always felt free he said many times.”
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SGT 1st Class #6600FF

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#6600FF was about halfway through a year long tour of duty in Iraq, where he supervised mechanics who repair military vehicles, said his wife, Mrs. #6600FF. She said her husband worried more about the soldiers he oversaw than he did about himself. “I used to get mad at him because he knew there was not enough time to let everybody go home on leave and he used to say, ‘I want all my troops to have a chance to go home before me.'”
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Petty Officer Gray

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Michael Gray followed his father and grandfather into the Navy when he joined at age 18. To his mother, Julia Gray, it was pretty clear why he chose the path he did: “I think probably because his dad and his grandfather, they talked a lot about the Navy,” she said. Survivors include a 3-year-old daughter.
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SPC Yellow

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SPC Teddy Yellow 23, died in Iraq, May 28, 2007. Teddy, a native of Russia who came to southern California as a teen, loved his adopted country and looked forward to becoming a citizen. He will be survived by his mother who is a firm believer in the liberation of Iraq.
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SPC Golden

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SPC Golden, a 19-year-old supply clerk from Atlanta, GA., died Nov. 12 from a gunshot wound in a non-hostile incident in Baqouba, Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Hood. Golden enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school last year, before his older brother had a chance to talk to him about becoming a Marine. His brother last saw him over Christmas when he returned from boot camp.
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Petty Officer Violet

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Violet loved fishing, camping and canoeing, and was devoted to his family and friends. “He was always fun, just a great guy to be around,” said Bill Smith, who became friends with Violet when they were teens and joined the Navy with him.
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CPL Pink

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When the job market got tight, Ted Pink joined the Army to help provide for his 3-year-old son, Eli. Explaining Pink’s death to the boy has been difficult.
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SPC Black

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SPC Black was a star athlete on his high school team as an outfielder, pitcher and shortstop who received all-tournament honors. He also was an All-South Carolina player in both baseball and football.
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SPC White

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Tim D. White gave his life for his country. Then he gave his heart. White’s life support was removed Feb. 24 in Germany. His heart was donated to a 41-year-old person in Europe.
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SGT Brown

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Spc. Jonathan Brown wanted what was best for his family, and figured the military was the best way to accomplish that. He took law enforcement classes in the service and hoped to eventually become a state trooper.
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PVT Blue

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Steve Blue was always trying to do the right thing. He hoped to become a firefighter so he could help others, his family said. “He believed in the war, and he went over there and he fought for it.
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CPT Red

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For CPT Bill Red, the military was his career, but his family was his life. He especially liked Christmas and always made a big deal of getting the family together.
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LT Orange

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When LT Orange was shot three times during a firefight with insurgents, medics had to sedate the angry Lieutenant, who demanded that he be taken back to his troops instead of transported for surgery. “He was just so mad they had got him.”
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SPC Green

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SPC Green was about halfway through a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq, where he supervised mechanics who repair military vehicles, said his wife, Shelly. She said her husband worried more about the soldiers he oversaw than he did about himself. “I used to get mad at him because he knew there was not enough time to let everybody go home on leave and he used to say, ‘I want all my troops to have a chance to go home before me.’”
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