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Age:   23
Hometown: Carmichael, CA
Date of Death: 6/21/2007
Incident Location: Baghdad, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry
Unit's Base: Fort Bliss, Texas

Raymond N. Spencer Jr. liked the movies "Top Gun" and "Finding Nemo," the History Channel and "South Park," country music and rock. On his MySpace profile, he said he was a "down to earth guy who enjoys life and takes things as they come." He quoted George Orwell: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night, only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." Spencer, 23, of Carmichael, Calif., was killed June 21 in Baghdad during an ambush. He was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas. "He was always happy, always smiling," said his aunt, Victoria Gargano. "He kept everybody''s spirits up. I don''t think there was anybody who didn''t like him." He was an athlete, playing competitive youth hockey. He was a regular at the Skatetown Roseville ice rink and helped coach youth hockey there. He volunteered at a fire station in Meadow Vista. The most lasting impression of her son, Laura Spencer said, was his infectious smile and charisma. "He always had fun," she said. "He had friends everywhere, everywhere he went." He also is survived by his father, Ray Spencer Sr.
Source: Associated Press
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