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Age:   20
Hometown: Largo, FL
Date of Death: 6/1/2005
Incident Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, CO

Louis Niedermeier couldn't wait to join the Army when he was in high school, but his enthusiasm waned after his first tour in Iraq. "His friends died before his eyes," said Becky Raines, a family friend. "And now him." Niedermeier, 20, of Largo, Fla., was killed June 1 by small-arms fire in Ramadi. He was based at Fort Carson. Born in New Brunswick, N.J., Niedermeier moved to Florida when he was 5. He was engaged to his high school sweetheart, Sarah Hatley, who is in the Navy. Their teachers recalled the "cute couple" who used to study together in the library. "He was just one of the good kids," said Ginger Brengle, a librarian. "You could tell he was raised well." Niedermeier had a passion for his car, a blue Camaro for which he once took home a trophy at a car show, and his dream motorcycle, also blue. He bought another motorcycle on eBay while he was in Iraq, but never got to ride it. Niedermeier told his father, Ed, he did not want to go back to Iraq, but he knew he had to. "He did it like a man and with full courage," his father said. "He didn't cry." He is also survived by his mother, Denise Hoy.
Source: Associated Press
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