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Age:   22
Hometown: Shelby Township, MI
Date of Death: 10/14/2004
Incident Location: Ramadi, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 44th Engineer Battalion
Unit's Base: Camp Howze, Korea

When the job market got tight, Mark Barbret joined the Army to help provide for his 3-year-old son, Christian. Explaining Barbret''s death to the boy has been difficult. When a sergeant came to deliver the news, Christian thought the visitor was "daddy." "He doesn''t really understand," said the boy''s mother, Nicole Hale. "I''ve told him that Daddy is watching over him and he will see him again one day." Barbret, 22, of Shelby Township, Mich., died Oct. 14 when his Humvee was hit by a bomb. He was based at Camp Howze, South Korea. A quiet man with a fondness for cars, Barbret left for the military on Jan. 30, 2003, his son''s birthday. Barbret and Hale ended their relationship about a year ago, but remained close. She said she will keep his memory alive for their son. "We''re going to make sure there are plenty of tapes and photographs around for him, so that there are lots of memories," she said.
Source: Associated Press
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