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Age:   23
Hometown: Albuquerque
Date of Death: 6/3/2007
Incident Location: Thania, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Div
Unit's Base: Fort Lewis, Wash.

James C. Akin had dreams of one day making the Oval Office his own. "When you met James Akin he would say, ''Hi, My name is James, I''m going to one day be president of the United States,''" said Victor Raigoza, a friend. "This is an individual that is so gregarious and so charming, and intelligent, that indeed one day he may have been president of the United States." Akin, 23, of Albuquerque, N.M., was killed June 3 by an explosive in Thania. He was a 2001 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Lewis. Raigoza said Akin''s character is showcased in a letter he wrote: "Live life to serve, because you can. Dissent, because you can. Enjoy freedom, because you can." He loved listening to Kenny Chesney, Aerosmith, Audioslave, Eminem and 50 Cent. He thought "Forrest Gump" was the greatest movie of all time and liked anything with Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts in it. "I think the people of New Mexico and the people of the United States have lost a great potential leader," Raigoza said. "He was willing to put his actions where his mouth was." He is survived by his wife, Syreeta.
Source: Associated Press
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