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Age:   32
Hometown: Valdosta, GA
Date of Death: 8/29/2005
Incident Location: Tal Afar, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer
Unit: 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Dennis P. Hay was a specialist in saving lives. He was an Army helicopter pilot trained in rescuing downed airmen. Before that, he was in the pararescue unit of the Air Force. "Sons don't get any better than he was," said Patty Hay, his mother. "He had a servant's heart and was quick to tell you how much he loves you." Hay, 32, of Valdosta, Ga., was killed Aug. 29 by small-arms fire in Tal Afar after his helicopter came under attack. He was assigned to Fort Carson. Hay was in the Air Force for eight years and in the Army for four years. He served as TACP Ranger, Pararescueman and OH-58 Delta pilot. "He was my buddy and was always a blessing in our lives for many years. He was one of the finest young men that I've ever known," wrote Larry Peterson and his wife, Shirley. "He was a ray of sunshine in this dark world," said Jennifer Ingram, a friend. "He could make a grump smile and a sinner a saint. He turned into an honorable man and I am proud to have called him my friend." He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; a son, 5; and a daughter, 2.
Source: Associated Press
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