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Age:   23
Hometown: Chapmanville, WV
Date of Death: 6/5/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

A semester shy of graduating, Brian S. Ulbrich left Marshall University to join the Army while the country was at war. "He told me he was burned out on school," said his mother, Barbara. "He assured me he would finish that last semester in the Army." Ulbrich, 23, of Chapmanville, W.Va., was killed in Baghdad June 5 when an explosive detonated near his vehicle. He was based at Fort Carson. Ulbrich studied criminal justice and had hoped to become an FBI agent before he decided to make the Army his career instead. On weekends, he worked part-time at a coal mine. His interests centered on the outdoors _ hunting, fishing, rock-climbing, biking. He bought a motorcycle when he graduated from boot camp. On a mission in Iraq, Ulbrich's unit came upon a canal that looked to be uncrossable. He spotted a bulldozer nearby and hopped aboard. Barbara Ulbrich said when a doubting officer questioned her son, he replied, "Sir, I'm a West Virginia coal miner and I know what I'm doing."
Source: Associated Press
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