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Army Pfc. Michael C. Mahr
Died March 22, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
26, of Homosassa, Fla.; assigned to 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, Bamberg, Germany; died March 22 in Bandoka, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.
Fallen soldier remembered for close bond with twin brother
The Associated Press
Michael Mahr was fearless, his wife said — so much so that his Army buddies called him “Superman.”
One of those closest to him was his twin brother, Matthew. Matthew’s wife, Carly, wrote in an email to The Tampa Tribune that the two never went a day without talking online or on the phone, even when Michael was out of the country.
“When they get together they orbit each other,” she wrote. “If one moves, the other mirrors it perfectly.”
Michael Mahr, 25, of Homosassa, Fla., was killed March 22 in Logar province, Afghanistan. He was based in Bamberg, Germany.
Mahr was a heavy vehicle driver — a tough job in Afghanistan, where the terrain is inhospitable and littered with roadside bombs.
Before joining the military in 2010, Mahr had played football — with his brother, of course — at Sumter High School in Bushnell. They worked together at Walmart, too. And it was a Walmart store where Michael Mahr met his wife, Stephanie.
The couple has a young son, Jadon.
Stephanie Mahr remembered her husband as a great soldier. “Everybody loved him,” she said.