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Lance Cpl. Michael D. Scholl View/Sign Guest Book
Lance Cpl. Michael D. Scholl

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Age:   21
Hometown: Lincoln, NE
Date of Death: 11/14/2006
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expedit
Unit's Base: Kaneohe Bay, HI

Ed Darack, a freelance photographer, was embedded with Michael D. Scholl's platoon in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2005. Scholl helped him, giving him anti-malaria pills from his own supply and introducing him to the Afghans he had befriended. "He was very good at what he did," Darack said. "He was smart and tough and dedicated. The best of the best." Scholl, 21, of Lincoln, Neb., was killed Nov. 14 by a roadside bomb in Haditha. He was a 2002 high school graduate and was assigned to Kaneohe Bay. Scholl had been denied enlistment at first because he was diagnosed with a kidney condition, but he obtained a medical waiver. He went through a troubled time when his older brother, Trenton, died in 2000. But he turned it around and graduated from high school at 17. Scholl worked at a McDonald's and a convenience store. He studied briefly at Southeast Community College, and he was active in a car club, where he met Erich Kaiser. "He was just one of those kids," Kaiser said. "He brought a whole new kind of life to our club." He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and infant daughter, Addison Rose.
Source: Associated Press
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