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Age:   29
Hometown: Fort Benning
Date of Death: 9/4/2008
Incident Location: Baghdad, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry D
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, Texas

Among Kenneth W. Mayne''s last wishes were these: Everyone wears Hawaiian shirts to his memorial service. No one wears black. And someone plays Jimmy Buffet, preferably "Cheeseburger in Paradise." "That''s his one last laugh at all of us," said his cousin Josh Mayne. Mayne, 29, of Fort Benning, Ga., was killed Sept. 4 by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He was a 1997 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Hood. The Army turned out to be just what Mayne needed after a trouble-filled youth. He grew bigger, stronger, more mature and responsible. "He''d come home, and we''d sit back, awe-struck," Josh Mayne said. "All the people in life who said, ''You''re a screw-up'' _ he could look back and say, ''Look what I did.''" On a recent trip home, Mayne showed the family a photo of his combat team. In it, there were about 60 people, all dressed in camouflage and hiding in various poses. He asked if anyone could spot him. They could. "He was the only one waving to the camera," Josh Mayne said. "There were some things you couldn''t change about him." He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Michelle and Dan Benavidez.
Source: Associated Press
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