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Master Sgt. Kelly L. Hornbeck View/Sign Guest Book
Master Sgt. Kelly L. Hornbeck

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Age:   36
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Date of Death: 1/18/2004
Incident Location: South of Samarra, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Master Sgt.
Unit: Company C, 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

While in South America fighting drug dealers for the U.S. military, Master Sgt. Kelly L. Hornbeck flew a Texas flag over his camp. When asked by a friend, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Callahan, why the banner was chosen, Hornbeck replied: "When those guerrillas attack, I want them to know there''s a Texan here." Hornbeck, 36, was wounded Jan. 16 when an explosive device hit his vehicle near Samarraon. The soldier, who was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., died two days later. Born in Selma, Ala., Hornbeck graduated high school in 1985 in Fort Worth, and left Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, after a year to join the military. "Dad was a great friend," one of Hornbeck''s daughters, 11-year-old Jacqueline McCall, said at her father''s funeral. "He died for his country and he was the best soldier because he was brave." He is also survived by his daughter Tyler Hornbeck, 7. "When people ask me what was my favorite memory of my dad, I say I don''t know because I have so many," Tyler wrote in a message read at her father''s memorial.
Source: Associated Press
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