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Staff Sgt. Joan J. Duran View/Sign Guest Book
Staff Sgt. Joan J. Duran

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Age:   24
Hometown: Roxbury, MA
Date of Death: 8/10/2007
Incident Location: Baqouba, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne
Unit's Base: Fort Bragg, N.C.

Joan J. Duran was known as "Superman" to friends for his extraordinary strength and lightning-fast speed. At his funeral, pews were dotted with white T-shirts emblazoned with Duran's face on the back and a winged Superman shield on the front. "He was always there to catch me if I fell," said Humphrey Rodriguez, a friend Duran called Spider-Man. "He'd never leave anybody behind." Duran, 24, of Roxbury, Mass., died Aug. 10 in Baqouba of injuries from a non-combat incident. He was a 2002 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Bragg. When his car flipped over three times on a highway, he pulled a shred of glass from his eye and calmly walked away. He was also romantic, composing songs and poems for Andrea Silva, his girlfriend. Silva returned home one day to find that Duran had sprinkled her bed with rose pedals and decorated the room with images of Tinkerbell, the nickname he gave her. "He did things for me that girls get old and never experience," Silva said. "I kept thinking that there's got to be something wrong with him, but it never came." He also is survived by his mother, Milagros Garcia.
Source: Associated Press
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