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Age:   21
Hometown: Glen Oaks, NY
Date of Death: 5/7/2005
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division
Unit's Base: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Michael Postal devoured books on military strategy as a boy and shed 50 pounds to be in tiptop shape before leaving for basic training. There was a joke in the family about sneaking him to Canada to avoid the war. Michael was not amused, telling his grandmother: "Nan, that's not what I'm all about." Postal, 21, of Glen Oaks, N.Y., was killed by enemy fire May 7 while serving in Anbar province. He was based at Camp Lejeune. Postal joined the Marines after graduating from high school. He had worked part time at New York police headquarters as part of a police education program, and aspired to join the force. "The whole world loved Michael," said his grandmother, Sandi Postal. "He was that kind of boy from the time he was a baby. He liked everybody." He was idolized by his 6-year-old sister, Samantha. "She loved him like you wouldn't believe," said their father, John Rajeh. "She used to pretend to speak to him on the phone when she was playing." Postal is also survived by his stepmother. His mother died five years ago.
Source: Associated Press
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