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Sgt. Ernest G. Bucklew View/Sign Guest Book
Sgt. Ernest G. Bucklew

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Age:   33
Hometown: Enon Valley, PA
Date of Death: 11/2/2003
Incident Location: Fallujah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Once she saw the 5-foot-3 Ernest Bucklew, with his brown eyes and brown hair, Barbara Bucklew she knew she wanted to spend her life with him. "Even on your worst day, he knew how to make you laugh," she said. "That had to be his best quality." Sgt. Ernie Bucklew was on his way home for his mother''s funeral when he was killed in the Nov. 2 downing of an Army helicopter carrying troops home on leave. His mother, Mary Ellen Bucklew, died two days earlier at age 57 of a burst aneurysm. "They say there''s a reason for everything, but I just can''t find a reason for this," said Bucklew''s uncle, Jack Smith of Point Marion, Pa. The son of a coal miner, the 33-year-old Bucklew had been in the Army since 1999 and was stationed at Fort Carson. He was a "happy-go-lucky kind of guy and a really good friend," said David Davis of Charles Town, W.Va., who played high school football with Bucklew. In his last e-mail to his uncle, Bucklew wrote: "This is a letter from hell." Besides his wife, he is survived by sons Joshua, 8, and 4-year-old Justin.
Source: Associated Press
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