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Sgt. 1st Class Christopher W. Phelps View/Sign Guest Book
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher W. Phelps

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Age:   39
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Date of Death: 6/23/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt. 1st Class
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Ted Boehm, principal at Christopher W. Phelps' high school, said his former student's quote in his senior yearbook proved tragically prophetic: "Do all you can while you can before it's too late." "It fit right in with his life _ when you live your life for your country," Boehm said. Phelps, 39, of Louisville, Ky., died June 23 when an explosive detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. He was stationed at Fort Carson. Phelps had been in the Army for 19 years and had served in the Gulf War as a tank driver. He had planned to retire from the military next March, and he and his family had just bought a house in Colorado. He graduated from high school in 1984 and played football at Kentucky State University, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to the state playoffs. He eventually left school to join the Army. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie, and three children and a stepchild, ages 9 to 23. "The whole family looked up to him because he was such a kind, good, loving person," said Rena Duke, Chris's aunt.
Source: Associated Press
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