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Age:   21
Hometown: Normal, IL
Date of Death: 10/6/2004
Incident Location: Fallujah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 1544th Transportation Company
Unit's Base: Paris, Ill.

Everything Jessica L. Cawvey did was for her 6-year-old bundle of joy, Sierra. Cawvey, who gave birth at 15, earned an associate''s degree in accounting at a community college and was pursuing a bachelor''s at Illinois State University _ all to get a job that would allow her to provide for her daughter. To fund her dreams, she joined the Army. "I remember her saying the hardest part would be leaving her daughter," said Doug Dowell, her sociology professor at Illinois State. Cawvey, 21, of Normal, Ill., died Oct. 6 in Fallujah when a bomb detonated near her convoy vehicle. She was based in Paris, Ill. Cawvey graduated from high school in 2001. "She was a great young lady," said principal Del Ryan. "A very intelligent girl, very responsible, hardworking." Her mother, Sandra, said Jessica was apprehensive when she knew she was heading to Iraq. "She didn''t want to be there," she said. "She was trying to get along and raise her daughter. But she knew it was her duty."
Source: Associated Press
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