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Age:   24
Hometown: Frisco, TX
Date of Death: 12/4/2004
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 20th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, Texas

Michael Luke Boatright was a Texan who loved riding bulls, listening to country music and hunting deer. "He was a little ol' homebred cowboy," said his mother-in-law, Yetta Skidmore. The 24-year-old from Frisco, Texas, was killed Dec. 4 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device struck him. Boatright, who went by Luke, was known for his bright smile and considerate attitude. He was in the Future Farmers of America in high school before joining the Army in 1997. He had just re-enlisted for another four years and decided to make the Army his career. "He loved being a soldier," said his mother, Candace Sons. "He took his Army values very seriously _ loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage." He leaves behind his wife, Desty, and three children _ ages 7, 5 and 4 _ who live near Fort Hood.
Source: Associated Press
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