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Chief Warrant Officer Hans N. Gukeisen View/Sign Guest Book
Chief Warrant Officer Hans N. Gukeisen

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Age:   31
Hometown: Lead, SD
Date of Death: 5/9/2003
Incident Location: Near Samarra, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer
Unit: 571st Air Medical Company
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Chief Warrant Officer Hans Gukeisen, 31, of Lead, S.D., was always smiling, one of his teachers at Lead High School said. "He was just great; he was really a nice kid. He''ll be missed," said his physics teacher, Rose Emanuel. Gukeisen graduated in 1989. He was killed May 9, 2003, when his Black Hawk air medical helicopter snagged a wire across the Tigris River as it took off during the rescue of a wounded Iraqi child, flipping the helicopter over and into the water. The child was in a second helicopter and was flown to safety. Gukeisen joined the Army right out of high school. He was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and then went to helicopter school. Gukeisen''s father, Terry, is retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve. "A father couldn''t be any more proud of the way his son turned out than how Hans turned out," he said.
Source: Associated Press
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