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Age:   21
Hometown: Nemo, SD
Date of Death: 6/18/2003
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Unit's Base: Fort Bragg, N.C.

Pfc. Michael Deuel found high school boring, but thrived when he transferred to a job corps training center in South Dakota. While there he also fought some forest fires _ and found his calling. "He really got this desire to become a smokejumper and the best way to do that was to go into the military to get his jump wings," said his mother, Debra Deuel. He planned on four years in the Army, then going back to school for his forestry degree. Deuel, 21, a native of Cheyenne, Wyo., was killed June 18 in an attack while on guard duty in Baghdad. He was stationed at Fort Bragg. "Mikey," as his mother called him, was born in Michigan, then lived in California until the family moved to Cheyenne, where his mother and father _ Dudley "Ace" Deuel _ were stationed as Air Force tech sergeants. He loved bowling, reading and sports, and was a particular fan of the San Diego Chargers and Padres.
Source: Associated Press
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