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Age:   30
Hometown: Salisbury, NC
Date of Death: 5/3/2004
Incident Location: Balad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Vilseck, Germany

As a mischievous young man, Gregory L. Wahl often looked for trouble. But service in the military _ and life as a married man _ gave him maturity and success, his father said. "She''s the best thing that ever happened to him," Leonard Wahl said of his daughter-in-law, Maricela. "He saw the light and made a 360-degree turn around. He made his goals." The 30-year-old Army sergeant from Salisbury, N.C., died May 3 when his vehicle flipped over in a canal in Balad, Iraq. He was stationed in Vilseck, Germany. While in Iraq, the soldier kept in touch with his father through regular phone calls. "He was my 4 o''clock alarm," Leonard Wahl said. After graduating from high school in Salisbury, the soldier moved to New York, where he met Maricela. After they were married, he joined the National Guard and then the Army. Survivors include a 4-year-old daughter, Alexis.
Source: Associated Press
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