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Cpl. Gary B. Coleman View/Sign Guest Book
Cpl. Gary B. Coleman

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Age:   24
Hometown: Pikeville, KY
Date of Death: 11/21/2003
Incident Location: Balad, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Cpl.
Unit: B Company, 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Cpl. Gary Brent Coleman didn''t tell his family he was getting married. He just did it. He joined the military the same way. "Nothing surprised me about Brent, because he was always doing things that surprised me," said his mother, Janie Johnson. The 24-year-old tank driver died Nov. 21 near Balad, Iraq, when his Humvee flipped into a canal during a vehicle chase. He was from Pikeville, Ky., and was stationed at Fort Carson. Coleman was already a hero in his hometown, where the high school football running back was the all-time leading rusher and scorer. His teammates called him "Rocket," for his speed. "He didn''t lack for confidence," said his father, Gary Coleman. And he didn''t show fear, his Army buddies said, even under fire. Whatever he felt, he kept it to himself. "I never did see him cry," his father said. "He might break down by himself, but he never showed it." Survivors include his wife, Kirsten.
Source: Associated Press
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