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Age:   22
Hometown: Vista, CA
Date of Death: 1/20/2007
Incident Location: Karmah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf
Unit's Base: Fort Richardson, Alaska

Whether Jeffrey D. Bisson was mountain biking, hiking, learning how to pitch a tent and survive in the wild, or soaring through the sky in his favorite pastime _ skydiving _ he gave it his all, said his father, Richard. "You could see that the fire of adventure in him was quickly spreading," he said of his son's last scout camp and first test of living in the wilderness as a teen. Bisson, 22, of Vista, Calif., was killed Jan. 20 by an explosive in Karmah. He graduated high school with a 3.8 grade point average and was assigned to Fort Richardson. "He was a great friend, the best friend a guy could have," said childhood friend Chad Maisenbracher. "I will always remember the wonderful smile and cheerfulness he had around his family." He shed 100 pounds from his 275-pound frame so the Army would take him. Bisson had completed about 300 skydiving jumps _ 200 of them for sport. "Some people say I am a little on the crazy side when it comes to the stuff I do for fun," he wrote on his Web page. "But hey, I like to live my life on the edge a little." He is survived by wife, Rebecca, and 4-year-old son Andrew.
Source: Associated Press
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