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Age:   21
Hometown: Union City, MI
Date of Death: 12/1/2005
Incident Location: Fallujah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Unit's Base: Twentynine Palms, Calif.

As Craig N. Watson's math and physical-education teacher - not to mention head football coach - Eric Tundevold got a good look at his former student. "He could be prankster. He grinned a lot. And if he got in trouble, he''d take it pretty good. He'd say, ''Yeah, I did that. I'm sorry.'' Now, a lot of us are sorry," Tundevold said. Watson, 21, of Union City, Mich., was killed Dec. 1 by an explosive in Fallujah. He was assigned to Twentynine Palms and was on his second tour, having shipped out within three weeks of graduating in 2003. "He was my hero - a practical joker, a protector. He could be ornery at times, but he smiled a lot too," said his mother, Shirley Watson. Watson's father, Jay Watson, lives in Caro. "He was a very sweet boy. But he'd wrestle kids 100 pounds more than him because he was all heart and he was so team-oriented," said Michele Kaniewski, a school library clerk. His brother Brad, 20, recalled Watson playing defensive tackle to his linebacker on the football team. In sports and in his military service, Brad said, his older brother never shrank from a challenge. "I actually look up to him for having the courage to do stuff."
Source: Associated Press
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