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Army Staff Sgt. Stephen C. Hattamer

Died December 25, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

43, of Gwinn, Mich.; assigned to the 652nd Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Ellsworth, Wis.; killed during a mortar attack on Dec. 25 in Baquba, Iraq.

Stephen C. Hattamer enjoyed weight lifting, water skiing and snow skiing, but he was famous for his chocolate cake — using his mother’s recipe. Staff Sgt. Hattamer, 43, was killed Dec. 25 when his living quarters in Baqouba, Iraq, came under mortar attack. His Army Reserve unit was based in Ellsworth, Wis., and he lived in Sawyer, Mich., where he was an active member of Victory Lutheran Church. Hattamer had previously served as an a military policeman for 16 years and was also a member of the Marine and Army Reserves for nine years. Survivors include his wife, Karen, and children, Bryce, Alyssa and Tyler.

— Associated Press

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