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Lance Cpl. Karl R. Linn Obituary


Karl R. Linn was a tinkerer with a flair for the creative. Even while at war, friends could keep up with him through a Web site he'd rigged from Iraq. The site shows photos of guns and helicopters. One is labeled, "Little old me with the Kalashnikov," and others offer a view of the Euphrates from his balcony. "Welcome to my improvised website about my current adventures in Iraq," it says. "For those of you who don't know me (or for those who simply don't remember), my name's Karl, and the Marine Corps Reserve has called me into active service for the time being." Linn, 20, of Chesterfield, Va., died Jan. 26 during an attack on his convoy near Haditha. He was based at Lynchburg. Linn, who helped start a robotics team at high school, was a mechanical engineering student at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was so small in stature when he first went into basic training _ 5-foot-6 and 125 pounds _ that he was put on double rations. "God, everybody that knew him loved him," said his father, Richard. "He was a little guy _ but he was a little gem." He also is survived by his mother, Malisa.
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Published online on January 28, 2005.

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