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Age:   24
Hometown: Portland, OR
Date of Death: 7/2/2003
Incident Location: Near Karbala, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Cpl.
Unit: Combat Service Support Group 11
Unit's Base: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Cpl. Travis J. Bradach-Nall, 21, of Portland, Ore., was remembered as a dedicated soldier who volunteered to stay in Iraq for an extra three months because there was more work to be done. Bradach-Nall was killed during a mine-clearing operation July 2 near the south-central city of Karbala. Gov. Ted Kulongoski, himself a former Marine, called Bradach-Nall a "brother-in-arms. Someone the Marines could trust to stand with them and stand his ground." Friends and family remembered Bradach-Nall as a fun-loving, courageous man with a love for music and a sense of adventure. "He was always smiling," uncle Sam Bradach said. "He had that sense of joy in whatever he did." As a boy, Bradach-Nall and his cousins had water fights, made fireworks and pretended to hunt for ghosts, cousin Nicklas Nass said. A 2000 graduate of Grant High School, Bradach-Nall wrestled, played drums and sang in the choir. He had a large collection of tattoos, including one depicting a passage about shedding blood for one''s brothers. "He was just a good kid," said Cpl. Justin Lamb, who served in Bradach-Nall''s platoon. Bradach-Nall was to return to Camp Pendleton in Southern California shortly after major combat operations ended on May 1. He had planned to go to college and learn how to fly a helicopter, Lamb said. But when Bradach-Nall heard more help was needed, he volunteered to stay an extra three months, said family friend Robert Joki.
Source: Associated Press
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