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Age:   45
Hometown: Conway, NH
Date of Death: 3/30/2004
Incident Location: Samarra, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Master Sgt.
Unit: 10th Special Forces Group
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Family members say Richard Ferguson had come to terms with the dangers of the military job he loved. Before he left for another tour of duty in Iraq, he wrote a will and picked out a cemetery plot. Master Sgt. Ferguson, 45, with the Army''s Special Forces unit at Fort Carson, Colo., had served in Bosnia, Germany, Iraq and elsewhere, but his missions and deployments were often kept secret. "What went on, he left at work or with the guys," said his father, Lee Ferguson Sr. "When he came home, he laughed, he joked, he went camping with the kids, he went on trips, he worked around the house." Ferguson, a native of Coventry, R.I., who lived in Woodland Park, Colo., died March 30 in Samarra, Iraq, after the military vehicle he was riding in rolled over. Ferguson dropped out of high school at age 17 and later earned his GED. He joined the Army, becoming a career military man. "Once he got in, he loved it and he stayed with it. That was his home," he father said. He was also a history buff, and spent 20 years putting together a family tree tracing his roots back to the 1700s, the family said. Survivors include his wife and three sons, ages 4, 8 and 10, and a 23-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.
Source: Associated Press
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