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Age:   33
Hometown: Duff, TN
Date of Death: 5/25/2005
Incident Location: Tuz, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: Support Squadron, 278th Regimental Combat Team
Unit's Base: Knoxville, Tenn.

Alfred "Bart" Siler had already bought tickets to take his 3-year-old daughter, Mikkah, to Disney World over the summer. "He couldn't wait to get home and hold his little girl. He was going to take her to the beach, and they were going to go fishing and just hang out," said his brother, Jason. "He couldn't wait to have some biscuits and gravy and have him a cold beer." Siler, 33, of Duff, Tenn., died May 25 in a vehicle accident in Tuz. The National Guardsman was based in Knoxville, Tenn. Siler joined the military a few years after graduating from high school in 1989 and was a welder in civilian life. He enjoyed four-wheeling and outdoor activities. Most pictures of Siler in Iraq show him surrounded by children and holding stuffed animals for them. The conditions children lived in there sometimes brought him to tears, said Capt. Rhonda Jones. "He was a man of little words but probably had the biggest heart on anybody I've ever met," Jones said. Command Sgt. Maj. Prather said Siler always talked about his daughter. "She was the joy in his life," he said.
Source: Associated Press
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