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Age:   26
Hometown: Manzanola, CO
Date of Death: 6/5/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Justin Vasquez was a master rappeller who met his wife at a climbing gym. They unofficially married at the top of a 200-foot spire before formally tying the knot seven months later. "There wasn't a day of his life that wasn't exciting. If it wasn't exciting, he would make it exciting," his sister Jennifer said. "Nothing around here was exciting enough for him. So he enlisted in the Army. We will miss him, but that's what he was born for." Vasquez, 26, of Manzanola, Colo., was killed in Baghdad June 5 when an explosive detonated near his vehicle. He was based at Fort Carson. Vasquez, who also is survived by a 4-year-old son from a previous marriage, joined the Army out of high school in 1997. "He was an athletic little guy who played football," his father Tino said. "He never was any trouble whatsoever." He wrecked every car he ever owned and worked tirelessly on a Volkswagen Beetle, only to see it top out at 35 mph. He loved his 1981 Corvette. Other soldiers called Vasquez a born leader. "He was always the first one out the gate and liked to lead by example," his father said.
Source: Associated Press
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