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Lance Cpl. Michael W. Hanks View/Sign Guest Book
Lance Cpl. Michael W. Hanks

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Age:   22
Hometown: Gregory, MI
Date of Death: 11/17/2004
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Unit's Base: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Michael Hanks had a reputation in high school for standing up for himself _ and his friends. That reputation stuck through two tours in Iraq, where he was known as a joker who was always willing to keep up morale. "He was always standing up for the guys there," said Melissa Gladstone, his sister. "He had everyone''s back _ that sums it up." Hanks, 22, of Gregory, Mich., was killed Nov. 17 in an attack outside Fallujah. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Ed Alverson, the superintendent of the school Hanks attended, described him as a "high-energy kid" who had always wanted to serve in the military. Don Buggia, his high school principal, agreed and said he was not surprised that Hanks joined the Marines _ or volunteered for a second tour. "Once he made up his mind on something, he stuck with it," Buggia said.
Source: Associated Press
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