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Age:   23
Hometown: Sheffield, IA
Date of Death: 2/5/2004
Incident Location: Baghdad
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 1133rd Transportation Company, National Guard
Unit's Base: Mason City, Iowa

Spc. Joshua Knowles once dyed his hair blue and red for an Independence Day parade. He once ate 64 ounces of ketchup in two days. He was known to butcher the song "Friends in Low Places" while singing karaoke. "He was an exuberant young man who lived life to the fullest and pushed the limits with best intentions," said the Rev. Dennis Cahill, who eulogized Knowles. Knowles, 23, of Sheffield, Iowa, was killed Feb. 5 when a mortar round struck the military truck he was driving near Baghdad International Airport. Knowles played football and track in high school, and also liked golfing, snowboarding, and playing paintball. He was studying criminal justice at a community college and worked as a woodworker before he was called up. He signed letters home from Iraq "Peace from the Middle East." Survivors include his parents, Sandy and Les Knowles.
Source: Associated Press
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