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November 14, 2004 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
In civilian life, Michael Ottolini loved driving big Peterbilt trucks and hauling hay. But the Sebastopol, Calif., truck driver was happiest, relatives said, when he was called up for active duty with the California Army National Guard. Ottolini, 45, a married father of two grown children, was killed Wednesday when the military truck he was driving was struck by a roadside bomb near Balad, Iraq, 50 miles northwest of Baghdad.
May 9, 2004 | Erin Ailworth, Times Staff Writer
Growing up, Marvin R. Sprayberry III and his brothers loved to wrestle. "Boy, we used to fight like there was no tomorrow," said Shawn Sprayberry, 23, who shared a room with his older brother until seventh grade. "There was that one night when Dad cleared out the living room and said, 'You guys want to fight? Have at it.' " But, another brother, Jason Sprayberry, 26, said that no matter how much they fought, the brothers closed ranks against anyone else.
June 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
An Army captain investigated for allegedly ordering his troops to kill suspected Iraqi insurgents in retaliation for a deadly U.S. base attack will not be prosecuted, Army officials said Friday. A prosecutor last month said he submitted three pages of possible charges against Capt. Matthew Cunningham, including solicitation of murder and involuntary manslaughter, and was waiting on his superiors to file charges. But 10 days later, Staff Sgt.
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