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Age:   29
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Date of Death: 2/13/2005
Incident Location: Balad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Air Force
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: 7th Civil Engineering Squadron
Unit's Base: Dyess Air Force Base, Texas

Ray Rangel was known to his high school football teammates as "Crazy Ray." But it was his tender side that came out with family. "I had to have surgery two years ago, and he took leave to be with me," his mother Cynthia said. "He was our only son, and he's been taken away." Rangel, 29, of San Antonio, died Feb. 13 in Iraq while trying to rescue soldiers from a military vehicle that had rolled into a canal. Rangel married and enlisted in 1994 after high school and became a firefighter in Abilene. He bought a house there just before deploying. He coached his oldest son's youth football team, while his wife, Selena, coached cheerleaders. Their three sons, ages 7 to 11, played football, and their daughter, 5, cheered on the sidelines. "He told me, 'If anything should happen to me, remember I was doing what I wanted to do,'" said his father, Federico Rangel.
Source: Associated Press
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