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Staff Sgt. Robert W. Sweeney View/Sign Guest Book
Staff Sgt. Robert W. Sweeney

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Age:   22
Hometown: Pineville, LA
Date of Death: 1/10/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade
Unit's Base: Lake Charles, La.

Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Robert Sweeney III told a local newspaper that folks had the wrong idea about people his age. "People like to say our generation are slackers that don't care much about anything. But they'll see that's wrong," he said. "If they call me up, I'm ready. Those (Sept. 11 victims) didn't sign any papers to die for their country. But I did." Sweeney, 22, of Pineville, La., was killed Jan. 10 when an explosive hit his vehicle in Baghdad. He was based in Lake Charles, La. Sweeney was a member of the JROTC in high school and attended Louisiana College, majoring in criminal justice. He was a sophomore, having missed some semesters because of National Guard duties. His death was among a string of casualties from Louisiana's guard. Just days before his death, Sweeney's father had ordered his passport, just in case his son was injured and taken to a hospital in Germany. "My son was one of our brave soldiers who gave his life so others could live in a democracy," Robert Sweeney II said.
Source: Associated Press
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