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Pfc. Chance R. Phelps

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Age:   19
Hometown: Clifton, CO
Date of Death: 4/9/2004
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expediti
Unit's Base: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

When terrorists struck the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, Chance Phelps told his mother: "I absolutely have to go. I''ve got to do something." "He was very in tune politically," Gretchen Mack said. "He knew what he wanted for this country." Pfc. Phelps, 19, of Clifton, Colo., died from a gunshot April 9 while battling insurgents west of Baghdad. He was based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Joining the military wasn''t anything new for the family. His father, John Phelps, is a Vietnam veteran, and Chance Phelps'' sister, Kelley, works at the Pentagon and is engaged to an Army sergeant. Off duty, Chance Phelps loved to hunt and fish, and he spent summers with his father in Dubois, Wyo. Friends recall Phelps as a fun-loving, hard-nosed kid who was big but didn''t throw his size around to intimidate people. "He was probably the toughest kid I knew growing up in grade school. He was probably the biggest kid, too _ well-built and strong," said Jarod Estey, 19. "But he was real easy going. He always had a smile on his face."
Source: Associated Press
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