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Army Pfc. Chad M. Trimble

Died May 28, 2008 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of West Covina, Calif.; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died May 28 near Gardez, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

Army Pfc. Chad M. Trimble remembered

The Associated Press

Chad M. Trimble’s mother said that after the terrorist attacks on New York on Sept. 11, 2001, her son started to take an interest in joining the Army.

After several years of growing interest, he signed up in 2007.

“I think it was something he wanted to do since he was a little boy,” Nancy Trimble said.

Trimble, 29, of West Covina, Calif., was killed by a roadside bomb May 28 near Gardez, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky.

He was known as a social guy. “This home was where all the kids would come,” said Tim Trimble, his father. “It was incredible to see the energy of all those young people.”

“He was the smallest boy in the neighborhood,” said Gaye Wingfield, a neighbor. “He had the cutest giggle and would run around the neighborhood with a group of older boys.”

Trimble’s family and friends all said they were proud of the choices he made. “I hope all of America and the world will take a minute to pray for Chad,” said his father. “He paid the ultimate price for us.”

He also is survived by his wife, Rosanna, and two daughters, Steffani and Micaela.

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