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Age:   34
Hometown: Tracy, CA
Date of Death: 6/22/2004
Incident Location: Balad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 579th Engineer Battalion, National Guard
Unit's Base: Petaluma, Calif.

When Patrick R. McCaffrey Sr. became disillusioned with his mission in Iraq, he tried to focus on the difference he could make by helping some of the nation''s children, his mother said. "The way he lived needs to be talked about," Nadia McCaffrey said. "Patrick was not a fighter, he was a peacemaker." The soldier asked his family to send care packages he could give to Iraqi children, she said. The 34-year-old medic from Tracy, Calif., was killed June 22 in an ambush in Balad, Iraq. His National Guard unit was based in Petaluma, Calif. McCaffrey joined the National Guard in the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but he lost faith in the U.S. mission after arriving in Iraq this spring, his mother said. "He was overwhelmed by the hatred there for Americans and Europeans," she said. "He was so ashamed by the prisoner abuse scandal. He even sent me an e-mail to tell me that not all the soldiers were like that. He said we had no business in Iraq and should not be there. Even so, he wanted to be a good soldier." Survivors include his wife, Silvia, and his son from a previous marriage, Patrick Jr.
Source: Associated Press
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