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Age:   38
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Date of Death: 6/3/2007
Incident Location: Thania, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry
Unit's Base: Fort Lewis, Wash.

You could tell when Greg P. Gagarin was home _ you could hear it. "Greg loves to set off firecrackers every time he comes home," said his father, Ernesto in the northern Illocos Sur province of the Philippines. Gagarin, 38, of Los Angeles, was killed June 3 by an explosive in Thania. He was assigned to Fort Lewis. "He was more than a great artilleryman. He disciplined his men and worked with them," said Brig. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas. "His soldiers believed in him and we all cared deeply for him." A 19-year Army veteran, Gagarin served in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and was on his third tour of duty in Iraq when he was killed. "He loved the action," said Gagarin''s eldest brother, Gary. "My brother was a good person. He had a kind heart. He loved his family. He never said anything bad about anyone," said his sister, Aileen Gagarin. He also is survived by his wife, Elma; son, Troy, 7; and daughter, Natasha, 4.
Source: Associated Press
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