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Spc. Donald R. McCune

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Age:   20
Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI
Date of Death: 8/5/2004
Incident Location: Balad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, 81st Brigade Combat Team
Unit's Base: Moses Lake, Wash.

Donald McCune wanted to be a fighter. He named his pets after characters in the fighter-pilot movie "Top Gun," and when the time came, he asked to transfer to a unit that would go to Iraq. "He felt this was something he needed to do, and I''m very proud of what he wanted to do," said his mother, Darcy Lewis. McCune, 20, of Ypsilanti, Mich., died Aug. 5 in Landstuhl, Germany, from injuries he sustained the day before in Balad, Iraq. He was stationed in Moses Lake, Wash. After bouncing through high schools in Indiana and Michigan, McCune had enlisted in the Army by the time he earned his high school equivalency degree in 2002. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, rooting for the Detroit Red Wings, country music and cars. "He was always driving something different," said his grandfather, Rick Monier. "He would play with something and then sell or trade it." McCune is also survived by his father, Donald McCune, and stepfather, Army Sgt. Benjamin Lewis.
Source: Associated Press
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