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Age:   23
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Date of Death: 7/8/2004
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Schweinfurt, Germany

Sonny Gene Sampler was a happy, generous young man who always wanted to help his family. "He was a first-class kid," Rellon "Skeeter" Sampler said about his younger brother. "He''d do anything for you. He always had a smile on his face." Sampler, 23, of Oklahoma City, was killed July 8, one of five soldiers killed at a military headquarters in Samarra when insurgents detonated a car bomb and fired a mortar barrage at the building. He was based in Schweinfurt, Germany. Sampler joined the Army in 2001 as a way to better himself, said his friend Dylan Toombs. "He wanted to kind of make something of himself and have a direction in life," Toombs said. "He thought when he came out of the military he would have a pretty straight head on him." But Toombs said the main reason Sampler gave for joining was so he could save money and help his family. Sampler is survived by his parents, Kim and Gene Sampler.
Source: Associated Press
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