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Capt. Eric T. Paliwoda View/Sign Guest Book
Capt. Eric T. Paliwoda

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Age:   28
Hometown: Goodyear, AZ
Date of Death: 1/2/2004
Incident Location: Balad, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Capt.
Unit: 4th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Capt. Eric T. Paliwoda had a busy life ahead of him. There was a wedding to plan, a master''s degree to earn and a teaching position to pursue. "He was very excited. He''d be a wonderful teacher; he had a very commanding presence," said his mother, Mary Paliwoda. Paliwoda, 28, of Goodyear, Ariz., was killed Jan. 2 when his command post came under a mortar attack in Balad, about 50 miles northwest of Baghdad. An engineer, he was based at Fort Carson, Colo. Paliwoda and his fiancee, Wendy Rosen, were planning a June wedding, said his father, Alfred Paliwoda. He also wanted to earn a master''s degree and teach at his alma mater, West Point, said his mother. Paliwoda grew up in Farmington, Conn., and was a standout basketball player in high school. Many universities sought the 6-foot-7 player, and he chose the prestigious military college, Mary Paliwoda said. "Originally, he did go there to play basketball. But he was always willing to devote himself for our country," she said.
Source: Associated Press
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