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Age:   26
Hometown: Champaign, IL
Date of Death: 9/5/2004
Incident Location: Baghdad
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 1544th Transportation Company
Unit's Base: Paris, Ill.

Before she went to Iraq, Shawna Morrison was understandably worried. Not necessarily about roadside bombs, the insurgency, the heat or the language barrier _ but spiders. Her father, Rick Morrison, said Shawna was most concerned about rumors of creepycrawlies the size of paper plates that could jump 6 feet. "We spent many hours looking for spider spray," he said. "And she never saw one." Rick Morrison said his daughter was a bundle of energy. "She was super. She had a bubbly personality," he said. "She was a person you always wanted to be around. She wore her heart on her sleeve." Shawna Morrison, 26, of Paris. Ill., died Sept. 5 when mortar rounds struck her base on the western outskirts of Baghdad. She was stationed in Paris, Ill. Morrison attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked two jobs, one as a waitress and the other as a bartender, to put herself through school. "She''s always been very independent," said her father. "She never asked us for a dime from day one when she moved out." Morrison also is survived by her mother, Cindy Morrison.
Source: Associated Press
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