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Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric L. Knott View/Sign Guest Book
Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric L. Knott

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Age:   21
Hometown: Grand Island, NE
Date of Death: 9/4/2004
Incident Location: Iraq
Branch of Military:   Navy
Rank: Petty Officer 3rd Class
Unit: Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4
Unit's Base: Port Hueneme, Calif.

Friends remembered Eric L. Knott as a bright spot in sometimes dark times. "Anytime I was having a bad day, he''d give me a big hug," said friend Hope Ruzicka. "I loved him like a brother." Knott, 21, was on the Navy''s construction force and was building a gate at the time of the attack on Sept. 4, his father, Randy Knott, of Grand Island, Neb., said. "He was there to get an education in the construction industry," his father said. "And to help people." A 2001 graduate, Knott is the second of his high school classmates to die at war. Pvt. Noah Lee Boye was killed in April. After the funeral, Jeremiah Goodwin-Jensen paused to think of his fallen friends. "(Knott) had a really big smile and a laugh you just wanted to be around," Goodwin-Jensen said. "It''s hard to believe we''re losing another one." Knott is survived by his father and stepmother, Randy and Teri Knott, and his mother and stepfather, Vera and Steve Thorpe. Knott was based in Port Hueneme, Calif.
Source: Associated Press
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