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2nd Lt. Paul M. Felsberg

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Age:   27
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Date of Death: 10/13/2004
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: 2nd Lt.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Unit's Base: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Moments before Paul M. Felsberg''s former high school cross-country team left for the county championships, they learned the former team captain had died. Coach Roy Chernock asked them to dedicate the race to his former star: "Today gentlemen, in your hearts, dedicate the race to Mike Felsberg." The emotionally charged team won its first county title since 1991. Felsberg, 27, of West Palm Beach, Fla., died Oct. 13 during a rocket attack on his camp in Baghdad. He was based at Camp Pendleton. With the Marines paying for college, he majored in criminal justice at Florida International University, where he ran cross-country and cheered for all the other sports, winning the Spirit Award four times, his father said. He graduated summa cum laude in 2003. He is survived by parents Arlene and Paul. "I remember Mike like it was yesterday," Chernock said. "From this skinny, little red-haired boy to a big, powerful man. It was a very sobering moment when we got the news. It was hard to think about cross-country when you''re crying."
Source: Associated Press
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