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Michael Pursel
Died: 2007-05-06
Diyala Province, Iraq
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''Michael was one of the first ones to raise his hand to go.'' Terry Dutcher, mother, to The Olympian newspaper Pursel, 19, a resident of Utah since 2000, was one of six Fort Lewis soldiers who died when a bomb destroyed their Stryker vehicle during a patrol. The Army specialist was assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.
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