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Cpl. Richard P. Carl View/Sign Guest Book
Cpl. Richard P. Carl

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Age:   26
Hometown: King Hill, ID
Date of Death: 5/9/2003
Incident Location: Near Samarra, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Cpl.
Unit: 571st Air Medical Company
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Richard P. Carl, 26, of King Hill, Idaho, was promoted posthumously from corporal to sergeant in a ceremony in Iraq. Carl died May 9, 2003, when his Black Hawk air medical helicopter snagged a power wire across the Tigris River as it took off during the rescue of a wounded Iraqi child, and flipped over and into the water. The child was in another helicopter and was flown to safety. He leaves behind a wife, a 3-year-old daughter and a 19-month-old son. "Corporal Carl is a tremendous example of our military''s commitment to risk life and limb to help the innocent Iraqi civilians wounded in the war," said U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho. "He went to the Middle East to fight for our freedom with valor and courage in this time of national crisis and died in defense of his country."
Source: Associated Press
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