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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David Sisung

Died June 6, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Phoenix; assigned to the aircraft carrier Nimitz, home-ported in San Diego; died June 6 of a non-combat related injury while in the Persian Gulf.

As a storekeeper in the Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class David Sisung was able to travel far beyond his hometown of Phoenix. But what the 21-year-old really wanted was to come home, his mother said. "He saw more of the world than his family and friends, but he wanted to be with his family and friends," Roberta Brown said. "He really missed us like we missed him." Sisung died June 6 of cardiac arrest while serving in the Persian Gulf. He was based on the USS Nimitz. Growing up, Sisung was a typical little boy, Brown said. "He loved to take his sled riding down in the snow and he loved to collect little bugs." Sisung, who enlisted in the Navy before graduating from high school, was selfless, his mother said. "He would give the shirt off his back to anybody," she said. Survivors include his wife.

— Associated Press

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