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Army Spc. Martin W. Kondor

Died April 29, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of York, Pa.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany; killed April 29 when an apparent improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle in Baqubah, Iraq.

Martin W. Kondor was a popular student and president of his high school class, and fond of cars and motorcycles. He also was determined to enlist in the Army and attend college later. "After 9/11, he was determined to do something to help. He wanted to sign up. I neither encouraged him nor discouraged him, but I supported him," said his father, Michael Kondor. Pfc. Kondor, 20, York, Pa., was killed April 29 when an improvised explosive detonated near his Humvee in Baqubah, Iraq. He was based in Vilseck, Germany. He and his fiancee, Lynne Notchey, had planned to marry when he returned from overseas, his father said. Michael Kondor said he had talked to his son several days before his death. "It was tough," he said. "Toward the end there, he was getting shot at pretty frequently. His main concern was doing his job. I think he probably believed it was somewhat overwhelming. But he wasn't one to whine or complain." Survivors also include his mother, Cher Kondor.

— Associated Press

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