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Army Sgt. Michael E. Yashinski

Died December 24, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

24, of Monument, Colo.; assigned to the 501st Forward Support Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy; killed Dec. 24 while running a communication wire in Kirkuk, Iraq.

It’s safe to say that Michael Yashinski had the military in his blood — he was born at Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his father was a Marine. A high school wrestler and football player growing up in Monument, Colo., Yashinski also had varied interests: an avid black-powder muzzle loading enthusiast, participant in tomahawk and knife-throwing events, and a reenactor of events that involved mountain men and American Indians.

Sgt. Yashinski, 24, was electrocuted Dec. 24 while running a communication wire in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was a paratrooper stationed in Vicenza, Italy. Survivors include his parents, James and Debora Yashinski of Irondale, Ala.

“We are very proud of Michael’s service to the nation and what he was accomplishing in his life,” his father said.

— Associated Press

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