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Age:   27
Hometown: Redding, CA
Date of Death: 12/7/2006
Incident Location: Baghdad, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team,
Unit's Base: Fort Richardson, Alaska

When Micah S. Gifford saw news reports of kidnap victims being beheaded by Iraqi insurgents, he couldn't just sit back and watch it go on. "Micah said, 'I have to do something, I have to help out,'" said his father, Dale. "He was not there to do anything other than help the Iraqis." Gifford, 27, of Redding, Calif., was killed Dec. 7 by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He was assigned to Fort Richardson Gifford earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Harding University in 2002. He played 31 games as a defensive lineman and linebacker from 1998-2002. His senior season, Gifford helped lead one of the most successful teams in school history to a 9-2 overall record. "Micah was a great teammate," said head coach Randy Tribble. "He was really an unselfish player who made everyone that played with him better." On his MySpace.com site, Gifford listed "Braveheart" as the "greatest movie of all time," and names his heroes: Jesus, his parents, Pat Tillman, all firefighters, American soldiers and teachers. He had a wide range of musical interests, from rapper Eminem to Neil Diamond. Gifford also is survived by his mother, Marsha.
Source: Associated Press
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