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Army Cpl. David P. McCormick

Died April 28, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

26, of Fresno, Texas; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died April 28 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his forward operating base came under rocket attack.

Army Cpl. David P. McCormick remembered

The Associated Press

While home on leave about a month ago, David P. McCormick was gleefully fixing up a little red Spitfire.

“He had it all planned out right down to the specific types of bolts he was going to use — he even had the parts he wanted for the car fixed up on a PowerPoint presentation,” said his brother-in-law, Kelley Davis.

McCormick, 26, of Bay City, Texas, died April 28 in Baghdad of wounds suffered after his base came under rocket attack. He was a 2000 high school graduate, was assigned to Fort Campbell and was on his second tour.

“The thing that I remember most about David was that he took the time to be helpful to a freshman,” said Bryan Hairell, a freshman when McCormick was a senior. “He was a good friend and a good person and I will miss him dearly.”

He planned to attend Texas State University, where he wanted to pursue a master’s degree in business administration. He also planned to join the U.S. Coast Guard.

“David loved his country and loved learning,” said his mother, Anna. “He always kept himself around people with big minds and big ideas.”

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