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Age:   27
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Date of Death: 11/16/2004
Incident Location: Kirkuk, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Daniel McConnell was working odd jobs and trying to be a good father to his two young girls when he joined the Army. "I think he did it out of his love for his whole family," said his sister, Becky. "He wanted us to be proud of him. And all he ever talked about was how much he loved his daughters." McConnell, 27, of Duluth, Minn., died Nov. 16 in a vehicle accident in Kirkuk. He was stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Becky McConnell described her brother as "a handful" in his youth, but said he later thrived in a foster home. He had wanted to be a social worker, but set those hopes aside when his high school girlfriend became pregnant and they had a daughter, she said. Three years later, McConnell had another daughter. But he never married and floundered in finding work, Becky McConnell said. Then he joined the Army. "He was a changed man," she said. "He was doing something he felt we could be proud of."
Source: Associated Press
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