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Age:   23
Hometown: Clarksville, IN
Date of Death: 9/8/2004
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 20th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, Texas

Since joining the Army, James D. Faulkner changed. Family members said he overcame his shyness, and he built both his character and his body. "He went from being a young man out of high school not knowing what he wanted to be, to being a man who was proud of himself. He walked with an air of confidence and surety about himself," said his mother, Pam Gilkey. Faulkner, 23, of Clarksville, Ind., died Sept. 8 in Baghdad when his military vehicle hit an explosive. He was stationed at Fort Hood. He was a 1999 graduate of Clarksville High School, where he starred on the track and cross-country teams and was a member of the National Honor Society, according to Pat Hunt, the school''s director of counseling. Faulkner couldn''t wait for the next chapter of his life. He planned to return to the United States next spring, marry his Texas fiancee and start a new Army assignment in Hawaii. "He was a perfect role model," said younger brother Jason Faulkner. "He set the example for me." He also is survived by his father, James Faulkner, and his stepfather, Greg Gilkey.
Source: Associated Press
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