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Age:   20
Hometown: New Salem, ND
Date of Death: 11/2/2005
Incident Location: Duluiyah, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Benning, Ga.

Dennis J. Ferderer Jr. was always helpful. Sometimes too helpful. During the course of a remodeling project that included floor refinishing, his parents woke up at 5 a.m. one morning to noises. Upon investigation, they found their 2-year-old son in the kitchen. He had found a nail and hammer, and had brought it upstairs and was hammering a nail into the kitchen floor. "He thought he was helping Dad, putting the floor in," said his mother, Claudina Ferderer. Ferderer, 20, of New Salem, N.D., was killed Nov. 2 in Duluiyah when a grenade hit his vehicle. He graduated high school in 2003 and was assigned to Fort Benning. "He smiled all the time," said Robin Doll, Ferderer's history teacher. "He liked the lighthearted side of a lot of things. Whatever we were talking about, he'd find something funny to say about it." He loved farmwork and hunting pheasants. Childhood friend Madalyn Klingenstein remembers his tremendous compassion for people, his constant smile _ but also him hiding her shoes from her during class in third grade. He also is survived by his father, Dennis.
Source: Associated Press
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