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Army Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Newsome

Died June 27, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

27, of Chicopee, Mass.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died June 27 in Baghdad of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device.

Chicopee soldier killed by explosive in Baghdad

The Associated Press

A soldier from Chicopee, Mass., was killed by an explosive in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Newsome died June 27 of wounds suffered in a blast from an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, the Department of Defense said June 28.

Newsome, 27, was assigned at Fort Hood in Texas to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

Newsome formerly served in Kosovo, according to according to The Republican newspaper of Springfield. He graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive High School in 1998. His mother lives in Chicopee and his father in Springfield.

About 60 Massachusetts natives have been killed in the Iraq war since it began more than four years ago.

Family remembers soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

After Army Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Newsome’s first tour of duty in Iraq, he returned to Hawaii and said he was lonely. He e-mailed his friends asking if any would come visit him. And one — Karen, a woman he’d known in high school — did.

“She said she loved him from the moment she met him in high school and knew that one day she was going to marry him, and she did,” said his uncle and godfather, Kenneth Willette.

Newsome, 27, of Chicopee, Mass., died June 27 in Baghdad of wounds from an explosive. He was a 1998 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas.

“When he was a teenager, he loved skateboards and fast cars,” his uncle said. “And even as an adult, he loved working on his car. He had a pretty souped-up Honda. He was always adding something to it to make it look better or go faster.”

Newsome was last home about a month ago, and the family made sure they celebrated his son’s first birthday, even though it had not yet arrived.

“It was just a wonderful time,” Willette said. “The memory we’ll have of his son smashing birthday cake over Danny and Karen’s faces is great. And it makes it harder.”

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