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Age:   26
Hometown: Hay Springs, NE
Date of Death: 1/27/2004
Incident Location: Near Iskandariyah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery
Unit's Base: Fort Bragg, N.C.

Just hours before he died in Iraq, Sgt. Cory R. Mracek sent an online instant message to his mother saying everything was fine. "He sounded good," said Pat Mracek, of Hay Springs, Neb. "He was getting ready to go out on patrol. He said, ''It''s not as bad as you think, mom.''" Mracek, 26, died Jan. 27 when a roadside bomb exploded west of Baghdad. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and had left for Iraq on Jan. 16. Pat Mracek said her son first joined the National Guard, then enlisted in the Army in 1996 when he couldn''t find a job. He did two tours of Korea. "He loved the military, he was so excited to go to Iraq; a little apprehensive, I think, but mostly excited," his mother said. Mracek loved computers, video games and movies: "He''s got so much ''Star Wars'' memorabilia, I don''t know where I''m going to put it all," his mother said. Other survivors include his father, Jim.
Source: Associated Press
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