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Pfc. Cole W. Larsen

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Age:   19
Hometown: Canyon Country, CA
Date of Death: 11/13/2004
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 272nd Military Police Company, 21st Theater Support Command
Unit's Base: Mannheim, Germany

Cole W. Larsen took his 17-year-old sister Haley to her homecoming dance during a two-week surprise visit home, but his mind was still on his fellow soldiers back in Iraq. "He wasn''t afraid when he left here," neighbor Debby Artega said. "He looked right at me and told me he wanted to go back and be with his buddies." Larsen, of Canyon Country, Calif., was killed Nov. 13 in a vehicle accident in Baghdad two weeks after he returned to Iraq for a second six-month tour of duty. He was based in Mannheim, Germany. The 19-year-old military policeman loved riding his motorized dirt bike and hunting _ but most of all, he enjoyed making everyone he knew laugh and smile. "The first time I ever met him, he came over to our house, and I remember he pushed me off my tricycle, and we were friends ever since," said a neighbor, Chad Whitaker, who graduated from high school with Larsen last year. "He used to play jokes on everyone. He always made people laugh." Survivors include his parents, Christi and Ballard Larsen.
Source: Associated Press
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