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Age:   19
Hometown: Davenport, IA
Date of Death: 5/2/2007
Incident Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 410th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Milita
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, Texas

Sue Day, who had Katie M. Soenksen as a sophomore in a computer class, recalled the smile she always seemed to have. "Every time I saw her in the hall, she had a sparkle in her eye," Day said. Soenksen called her "Mrs. Shorty." Day nicknamed her "Stinky." Soenksen, 19, of Davenport, Iowa, was killed by a roadside bomb May 2 in Baghdad. She was a 2005 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Hood. "She was determined in everything she did in her life," said her father, Ronald Soenksen. "She was determined to make a difference." Gunnery Sgt. Greg Livingston said Soenksen had recently visited her old school and spoken with ROTC students about her experiences. He also remembers one visit she made to the school to show off her new truck. "She came up to show everybody how proud she was of her truck," he said. "It was the first big purchase for her." She also is survived by her mother, Mary Ann Soenksen "She set the example for others to follow," Livingston said. "She always had a smile on her face. I''ve never seen her without that smile on her face. She was very happy."
Source: Associated Press
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