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Age:   26
Hometown: Skokie, IL
Date of Death: 10/30/2006
Incident Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
Unit's Base: Fort Wainwright, Alaska

Kraig D. Foyteck's diving coach, Louis Torres, fondly remembered Foyteck as a "tough little kid" who loved practical jokes, once driving a member of the school staff crazy by stringing all the paper clips in a box together when he worked as a dean's aide. "I just called him a little tank," Torres said. "He was short, but he was solid as a rock." Foyteck, 26, of Skokie, Ill., was fatally shot in the neck Oct. 30 by insurgents during a raid on a house near Baghdad. He was based at Fort Wainwright. He loved planes and had already learned to parachute, said his mother, Connie. "Everybody called him a daredevil," she said. "There wasn't anything Kraig wouldn't try to do." A 1998 high school graduate, Foyteck loved diving and gymnastics. He was on both school teams and, after graduating, coached diving at a nearby school. Foyteck attended Olivet College in Michigan for a year. In October 2005, Foyteck broke four bones in his back when a roadside bomb exploded next his vehicle, and received the Purple Heart. One of many photos e-mailed to friends shows him proudly holding up the medal and smiling for the camera. He also is survived by his father, Rik.
Source: Associated Press
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