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June 17, 2007 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
One of Alina Perez's earliest memories of her younger brother is of him on a beach in Coronado, Calif., running from a shadow cast by an airplane flying overhead and screaming: "Mom, help me! Help me!" That frightened 5-year-old grew up to become a soldier parachuting into combat out of helicopters -- a paradox that Perez has struggled to come to grips with since her brother's death June 6 in Afghanistan. Army Sgt. Charles E. Wyckoff, 28, of Chula Vista, Calif.
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December 6, 2009 | By Jill Leovy
The first time Marcus A. Tynes suited up for a youth basketball game, his mother saw the change. She already knew her big, vigorous boy would like sports. But she didn't realize how thrilled he would be just to don that team jersey. It made him proud, gave him a sense of belonging. "He just liked that uniform," she said. "It made him feel part of something." As he grew, one uniform followed another. One for football at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, and another for track.
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March 23, 2008 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Not long ago, 22-year-old Bobby Rapp took pen to binder paper in a faraway land, writing what amounted to a last will and testament. He expressed love of family back home in Sonora, Calif., and a firm commitment to his young life's task -- the war on terror. For his funeral, he had a simple request: that "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin be played. Army Sgt. Robert T. Rapp was one of two paratroopers killed March 3 by a suicide bomber in Sabari, Afghanistan, southeast of Kabul.
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