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Age:   20
Hometown: Fairchild, WI
Date of Death: 6/26/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry
Unit's Base: Arcadia, Wis.

Charles A. Kaufman was born two weeks apart from his cousin, Kelly, and the two were like brothers. They were determined to go to Iraq together. Before they were deployed, Charles Kaufman fell 15 feet from a tree while hunting. He broke a few ribs, punctured a lung and lost his spleen. But after a month, he joined his unit in Iraq. "His injuries could have kept him safe at home, but Charles insisted on going with his cousin," his parents and sister said in a statement. Kaufman, 20, of Fairchild, Wis., was killed June 26 in Baghdad, Iraq, where an explosive detonated near his vehicle. He was stationed in Arcadia, Wis. The 2003 high school graduate loved anything he could drive: he didn't need training wheels on his first bike and rode the riding mower at age 7. He also loved driving trucks, tractors, boats, ATVs, motorcycles and was driving the Humvee when he died. He also enjoyed playing pool, fishing and hunting. He even quit a job once to hunt on opening day.
Source: Associated Press
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