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Age:   21
Hometown: Grand Forks, ND
Date of Death: 11/15/2003
Incident Location: Mosul, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Unit's Base: Fort Campbell, Ky.

With the beat of drums, the chant of traditional songs and a march through town, members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe paid tribute to a hometown soldier, Pfc. Sheldon Hawk Eagle. More than 1,000 people gathered in a high school gymnasium in Eagle Butte, S.D., to honor Hawk Eagle, who was killed Nov. 15 when two Army helicopters collided in Iraq. He was based at Fort Campbell. His Lakota name was Wanbli Ohitika, or Brave Eagle. "He''s a hero," said Harold Frazier, the tribal chairman. "He defended our country and protected our freedom." Hawk Eagle, 21, joined the Army while he visiting his sister in North Dakota and dreamed of becoming an elite Army Ranger, his cousin said. Tom Hawk Eagle said his cousin was humble and quiet but loosened up around family and friends. "He was fun," said Tom Hawk Eagle, adding that the two men grew up calling each other brothers. He said Hawk Eagle was a descendant of the Lakota leader Crazy Horse who helped defeat Lt. Col. George Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Survivors include his sister, Frankie Hawk Eagle.
Source: Associated Press
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