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Age:   22
Hometown: Cordova, SC
Date of Death: 11/2/2003
Incident Location: Fallujah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Spc. Darius T. Jennings joined the Army after graduating from high school in 2000. Eventually he wanted to go to college, become a photographer and mentor young people. "He loved kids," said his mother, Harriet Johnson. "He had two first cousins that he thought very highly of and he was always worried about them not forgetting him after he was over in Iraq. He was always worried about, ''Do they remember him?''" The family said their son was a very well-mannered. "He had friends but then yet, he stayed to himself," his mother said. Jennings, 22, stationed at Fort Carson, was one of 16 soldiers killed in the Nov. 2 downing of an Army helicopter carrying troops home on leave. He was from rural Orangeburg County, S.C., and was the third graduate of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School to die in Iraq. "We was worried about him day one, ever since he went over there," said his father, John Johnson. "He was over there a couple of months before we heard from him." About two weeks before dying, he told his mother he was ready to come home. Before, he had often started his sentences with, "Mama, when I get home...," but in the more recent call, he was plain. "He said, ''I''m tired, I''m not used to this,''" his mother said.
Source: Associated Press
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