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Age:   31
Hometown: Fairfield, MT
Date of Death: 7/30/2008
Incident Location: Taji, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division
Unit's Base: Baumholder, Germany

James A. McHale and his brother Michael learned karate together and were a fierce team whenever they challenged their friends to video games. Eventually, McHale learned about combat engineers and "took to the challenge right away," his brother said. "He thought he was Superman," Michael McHale said. "He didn't think he was going to get hurt. He was over there for everybody else." McHale, 31, of Fairfield, Mont., died July 30 at the National Naval Medical Center of wounds suffered July 22 in Taji when his vehicle struck an explosive. He was assigned to Baumholder, Germany. McHale, who was in the military for the last 11 years, was in Iraq detecting bombs. It was his second tour in Iraq. He loved camping and fishing. "He was just an awesome guy," his aunt Trudy Hamann said. "He had the biggest heart, the biggest smile. He was willing to do everything for everyone." Hamann said the family decided to donate McHale's organs when he was taken off life support. "He gave so much during his life and here he is still giving," she said. He also is survived by his parents, Joel and Bonnie.
Source: Associated Press
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