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Age:   25
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Date of Death: 11/12/2004
Incident Location: Fallujah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment (Armor), 1st Cavalry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, Texas

In Jonathan B. Shields'' last conversation with his wife, he told her did not expect to get out of Iraq alive. "This is the last time we''re going to talk," he told Deanna Shields in an Internet chat. "I''m not coming home from this." Shields, 25, of Atlanta, died about two weeks later, on Nov. 12, when he was accidentally struck by a tank. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Shields said her husband of less than a year had previously been cheerful and confident in their conversations, but the last one was ominous. "No, you''re coming home!" she said she wrote back. Deanna Shields said the family had recently moved into a four-bedroom house in Texas, where Jonathan dreamed of one day opening his own restaurant. Shields'' father, Darrell Shields, said his son joined the Army in part to escape the violence of his rough neighborhood in southeast Atlanta. "He didn''t want to be a part of that life," he said. His mother, Evelyn Allen, said her son was constantly on her mind when he was in Iraq. "I didn''t worry because Jonathan told me not to," she said.
Source: Associated Press
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