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Age:   27
Hometown: McAllen , TX
Date of Death: 6/1/2007
Incident Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantr
Unit's Base: Schweinfurt, Germany., Unknown/Other

Juan F. Campos and his future bride, Jamie Drury-Campos, met in 2000 at a bar and grill. She was a waitress and, he told her, his dream girl. But he was too shy to act on his crush; she had to approach him on the dance floor. Her mother, Birdie McVaney, liked him immediately. "''You''re son-in-law material,'' I said, the first day," she remembered. Campos, 27, of McAllen, Texas, died June 1 at Brooke Army Medical Center of wounds sustained May 14 in Baghdad. He was a 1997 high school graduate and was assigned to Schweinfurt, Germany. Campos died more than two weeks after a roadside bomb attack that left him burned on over 80 percent of his body. He was transported back to Texas on May 16, where doctors discovered his kidneys were damaged and that he needed a respirator to breathe. Campos "was an exceptional leader who led from the front," said Brig. Gen. P. K. Keen. After the injury, his widow learned she was pregnant with the couple''s second child. "He knew," said Lydia Caballero, a spokeswoman for a veteran''s group. "She was able to tell him before he died." Campos is also survived by an 8-year-old son, Andre.
Source: Associated Press
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