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Pfc. Robert A. Swaney

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Age:   21
Hometown: West Jefferson, OH
Date of Death: 7/30/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Robert A. Swaney was remembered as a pint-size underdog with the heart of a giant. "He was our ''Rudy,''" said Gary Tucker, head football coach at Marion Franklin High School in Columbus, referring to the 1993 movie "Rudy" about a student determined to play college football. "He always gave 150 percent." Swaney, 21, of West Jefferson, Ohio, was killed July 30 in Baghdad when an explosive detonated near his patrol. A 2003 high school graduate, he was assigned to Fort Carson. He lived and breathed football, said Tony McMichael, who was quarterback at Swaney''s school. "He spent more time on the bench than the field, but he never lost his enthusiasm," McMichael said. "He knew how to pump people up." He also loved animals and had a wickedly sweet tooth. "He was a junk-food junkie," said his aunt, Angie Denes. "He''d eat 15 candy bars and three bags of chips in one sitting and never offer a bite." In his last letter home, Swaney told his 8-year-old cousin, Riley Denes, that keeping her safe was what kept him going. "I can''t promise that I will make it home," he wrote. "But I promise I will return a hero." He is survived by his wife, Alexandria.
Source: Associated Press
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