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Age:   30
Hometown: Amarillo, TX
Date of Death: 4/7/2003
Incident Location: N/A
Branch of Military:   Air Force
Rank: Capt.
Unit: 333rd Fighter Squadron
Unit's Base: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Duty often kept Air Force Capt. Eric B. Das away from his wife, but he always stayed in touch. "We couldn''t go a day without talking," said his wife, 1st Lt. Nikki Das, who also was deployed to the Persian Gulf. "He called me all the time, and e-mailed and wrote." Das, 30, of Amarillo, Texas, and based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, was piloting an F-15E Strike Eagle when his plane went down April 7. "He was doing what he loved that night and flying with people he really loved, too," Nikki Das said. Das was born in the Netherlands, where his family was serving as missionaries, but grew up in Texas. He graduated in 1995 from the Air Force Academy with a degree in civil engineering. Friends and family say Das'' strong faith was an inspiration for them. "He was the greatest Christian guy I knew," said Doug Jesko. "He was the type of person who made you believe that you could be a better man." In a family statement, Das''parents, Bruce and Rosie Das, said: "Eric is a son that exemplified what faith in Christ, honor and duty and a life of excellence meant. His strong faith was an inspiration to our family, friends and his fellow servicemen, and to all who knew him."
Source: Associated Press
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