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Age:   30
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Date of Death: 5/22/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Charles T. Wilkerson met his new wife, Whitney Woolford, at church in December and capped a whirlwind romance with a marriage on New Year's Day. "It was his eyes, and he had a great smile," his wife said. "He was with his two kids. I saw him, and I had to meet him. I had overheard somebody telling somebody he was divorced. I was so nervous, but I went up and introduced myself." Wilkerson, 30, of Kansas City, Mo., was killed May 22 in an explosion in Baghdad. He was based at Fort Carson. Born in El Paso, Texas, the devoted Mormon spoke fluent Spanish and had done missionary work in Uruguay. He was "obsessed" with soccer. His first wife, Sariah, recalled that in his 20s, Wilkerson tried his hand at telemarketing, building decks and fast-food service. Nothing felt right, "but he didn't necessarily want a desk job," she said. He joined the Marines shortly after they were married and later joined the Army because he thought there were better advancement opportunities. He accepted his second wife's three children as his own. "He considered all five kids his kids," Whitney Wilkerson said.
Source: Associated Press
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