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Army Sgt. Michael E. Dooley

Died June 8, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

23, of Pulaski, Va.; assigned to 1st Squadron, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.; killed on June 8 in Asad, Iraq. Dooley was manning a traffic control point when a vehicle came up to the checkpoint and two individuals got out requesting a medic for their sick friend. Immediately following the request for help, they opened fire on Dooley which resulted in his death.

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Michael E. Dooley joined the Army five years ago after graduating from Pulaski County High School. He and his wife, Christine, were expecting their first child, a son, in October.

Dooley was killed June 8 at a checkpoint in Asad, Iraq.

“There hasn't been a day gone by that I didn't worry about my boy,” said his mother, Ann Davis. “I just wish those people would have appreciated the freedom that they had because of these American boys being there.”

Davis said she had received one letter from her son since the war in Iraq began, but that Dooley's 11-year-old brother, Jacob, received one just days before he was killed. In the letter, Dooley told his younger brother he couldn’t wait to be a father and that he expected Jacob to help teach his son how to play basketball, Davis said.

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