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Army Sgt. Paul A. Saylor

Died August 15, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


21, of Norcross, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment, Georgia Army National Guard, Calhoun, Ga.; killed Aug. 15 when his Humvee accidentally rolled over into a canal in Mahmudiyah, Iraq. Also killed were Sgt. Thomas J. Strickland and Spc. Joshua P. Dingler.

Signature personality and smile set soldier apart, say teachers

Associated Press

Paul A. Saylor made quite an impression in a seventh-grade production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Saylor played Mortimer Brewster, the part played by Cary Grant in the 1944 movie.

“He wasn’t as good as Cary Grant, but he still had a little bit of that air about him,” said Jan Cain, Saylor’s former teacher.

“He was more handsome than Cary Grant, too.”

Saylor, 21, of Norcross, Ga., died Aug. 15 in Mahmudiyah when his vehicle rolled over into a canal. He was assigned to Calhoun.

A 2002 high school graduate, he attended North Georgia College and State University, a military college. He was a starter on the football team, acted in school plays and was voted “best personality” in the senior class.

“He will be missed by all who knew him. He was friendly, goodhearted, very dedicated, hardworking. His smile would light up a room,” said Bremen City Schools Superintendent Stanley McCain.

He is survived by his parents, Jamie and Patti.

“Were going to miss him,” said his former principal, Duane McManus.

“Were going to miss that upbeat personality, that smile.”

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