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CWO Lawrence S. Colton

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Age:   32
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Date of Death: 4/11/2004
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: CWO
Unit: 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, Texas

CWO Lawrence S. Colton won medals when he ran cross-country for his Oklahoma high school, and his picture still hangs on the wall, his ex-wife said. He was in the military for the long haul, too, said Shannon Daughtry, Colton''s ex-wife. "He''s been in the military for 12 years," she said. "He definitely planned on be a lifer." Colton, 32, of Oklahoma City, died April 11 along with another pilot when their helicopter was shot down near Baghdad. Colton was based at Fort Hood, Texas. He seemed to enjoy his military career, according to a news release from the 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment describing conditions in Iraq. "Life''s not so bad here," Colton was quoted as saying. "We get some mortars here and there, but they''re not that effective. We''ve got good flying and good maintenance. We''re well-suited for the mission here." It was not clear when he made the comments. Colton leaves behind a wife in Texas and an 11-year-old son from his marriage with Daughtry.
Source: Associated Press
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