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Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Hager View/Sign Guest Book
Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Hager

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Age:   29
Hometown: Broomfield, CO
Date of Death: 2/23/2007
Incident Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, CO

Joshua R. Hager first developed a love for Colorado's outdoors taking trips into the mountains with his mother, who raised him on her own. She said his easygoing nature was perfect for the hit-or- miss days spent beside a plodding river. "He didn't care if he only caught a minnow," said Lois Knight. "He was always out there, enjoying being alive." Hager, 29, of Broomfield, Colo., was killed by a roadside bomb Feb. 22 in Ramadi. He graduated high school in 1995 and was assigned to Fort Carson. Hager's charisma and contagious sense of humor always attracted people in his direction, said his mother. "He would always put everyone around him at ease," she said. "He had the natural ability to warm people up to him." Upon completing boot camp, he was awarded the "Iron Mike," also known as the Audie Murphy award. Knight last spoke with her son on Christmas Day. It was late when he called. "He let all the guys in his unit go first _ in fact, he told me he had ordered them to call their families first. That was my boy. He always took care of everyone else first." Hager also is survived by his wife, Heather, and son, Bayley, 9.
Source: Associated Press
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