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Age:   19
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Date of Death: 5/5/2004
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, Texas

Though he was a world away, Spc. James Edward Marshall remembered to send a dozen pink roses to his mom for Mother''s Day. He even called to make sure they arrived. Hours later, Pam Marshall learned that her son had died. The 19-year-old from Tulsa, Okla., was killed May 5 along with another soldier when their Humvee hit an improvised explosive device in Baghdad. He had been in Iraq for less than two months. As a child in a community karate program, Marshall was determined to be the best. "He was a young man who didn''t know how to quit," said his teacher, police Officer Marvin Blades. Marshall, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, joined the Army shortly after graduating from high school in 2002. His godfather, the Rev. M.C. Potter, spoke at his funeral. "God only gives us an allotment of time, and it''s up to us to make it mean something," Potter said. "James certainly did that."
Source: Associated Press
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