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Army Spc. Kyle A. Brinlee

Died May 11, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Pryor, Okla.; assigned to Detachment 1, Company B, 120th Combat Engineer Battalion, Army National Guard, Pryor, Okla.; killed May 11 when his convoy vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Asad, Iraq.

Kyle A. Brinlee spent his summers working in carpentry with his father and had helped install the gym floor at the high school in Pryor, Okla., where he graduated in 2001. "He was a good kid. He did his work and was well liked," school counselor Lawrence Perkins said. A carpentry and masonry specialist, Spc. Brinlee, 21, died near Asad, Iraq, on May 11 when a bomb exploded under his vehicle. Brinlee loved playing football, carpentry, Harley Davidson motorcycles and working on cars, his pastor, Derek Melton, said. "I never met anyone who didn't like Kyle," Melton said. "He was the type of guy that if you were around him, you were cheered up." Brinlee is survived by his father, Ronnie Brinlee.

— Associated Press

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