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Pvt. Joseph L. Knott View/Sign Guest Book
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Age:   21
Hometown: Yuma, AZ
Date of Death: 4/17/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pvt.
Unit: 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Joseph Knott wanted to become a sniper, but to his family he was a warm, compassionate man who liked to draw and write poetry. "He liked to act tough on the outside," said his mother, Pam. "We used to make fun of him because he'd pose like he's all tough and inside he's a great big marshmallow." Knott, 21, of Yuma, Ariz., was killed April 17 when enemy forces used small arms fire and a makeshift bomb to attack his convoy in Baghdad. He was based at Fort Carson. Knott grew up playing with GI Joes and loved everything related to the military. He was in the varsity band in high school, and drew and wrote poems _ though he rarely shared them with others. He enlisted in the Army about a year ago in part to emulate his older brother in the Navy, his mother said. He knew he would probably be sent to Iraq, but he joined anyway. "He was nervous, but at the same time he was excited to be fighting for our country," she said. "He missed home, but he felt he was doing what he needed to be doing."
Source: Associated Press
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