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Spc. Hoby F. Bradfield View/Sign Guest Book
Spc. Hoby F. Bradfield

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Age:   22
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Date of Death: 7/9/2005
Incident Location: Tal Afar, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Hoby F. Bradfield Jr. watched the World Trade Center fall from his home in New Jersey and decided that very day he would enlist in the Army. "The day the towers fell, he called a recruiter," said his mother, Dianne Sterling. "I said, ''Hoby, please, just think about it for a few days.'' But he had his mind made up." Bradfield, 22, of The Woodlands, Texas, was killed when the ambulance he was riding in struck a roadside bomb July 9 in Tal Afar. A 2001 high school graduate, he was based at Fort Carson. Dianne Sterling described her son as generally quiet but with a dry sense of humor. He loved children and often helped out elderly neighbors without being asked. "I''ve never really had a hero, except for Hoby," said Bradfield''s brother Jared. "I hope some day I can be that man. I want to be the man that he was." His wife Crystin, 19, is due to deliver their daughter in September. His grandmother, Mary Sikes, said he couldn''t wait. "He wrote me a letter about his wife and the baby and he said, ''Nana, I never believed you could love anyone that you have never seen as much as I already love this baby,''" she said.
Source: Associated Press
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