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Age:   26
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Date of Death: 10/12/2004
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Camp Hovey, Korea

Christopher A. Merville liked nothing better than tramping around Revolutionary and Civil War sites. "He really loved history," said his uncle, Edwin Merville. "We walked those battlefields out east. His dad was in the Army, which might have had something to do with his signing up and his interest in history." Merville, 26, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Oct. 12 when his unit came under fire in Baghdad. He was stationed in South Korea, where he became engaged to Renabeth Luis from the Philippines. He wrote his mother about being promoted and getting better pay. "Now I can look forward to having a little more saved for when I finally return to American soil. That way I have something to start my foundation as a married man. Yikes!" he wrote. Merville attended the University of New Mexico and could retain a working knowledge of any language in a few months, said another uncle, Herb Merville. "He spoke German just like a native," he said. "He could pick up other languages so easily. That''s why the Army initially recruited him."
Source: Associated Press
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