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Army Maj. Mathew E. Schram

Died May 26, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

36, of Brookfield, Wis.; assigned to the Headquarters & Headquarters Troop Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.; killed by enemy fire May 26 in Hadithah, Iraq.

Maj. Mathew E. Schram, the fifth of six children of Earl and Sarah Schram, always wanted to be a soldier, said his older sister, Susan Kuske. He joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater before joining the Army in 1989.

“He made it his career and loved it,” Kuske said. “He rose in the ranks and worked hard to get there.”

Schram, 36, of Brookfield, Wis., was killed May 26 near the town of Hadithah, about 120 miles north of Baghdad, when gunmen ambushed a military convoy on a resupply mission.

“He felt he was doing the right thing,” said Susan Kuske. “We all felt the same way.”

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