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October 16, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
When Jason Weaver of Anaheim was 15, he told his mother he wanted to join the military. She told him to think about it. Two years later, Patricia Weaver came home to find her son meeting with a recruiter. She told the man to leave. "I said, 'I got one more year with my baby,'" she said. "It was my only child. " But her son persisted. After he graduated from El Dorado High School in Placentia in 2007, he decided to get in shape to join the Army. He lost 60 pounds, quit his job at a local grocery store and enlisted in January 2008.
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February 19, 2002 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An inactive Army National Guardsman was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport early Monday after a military explosive device was discovered in his carry-on luggage as he prepared to board a flight to Oakland, federal authorities said. Jacques Baker, 32, was getting ready to board a United Airlines flight when he was arrested by airport police on suspicion of attempting to carry an explosive on board an aircraft, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Bosley.
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September 18, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
When Russell Jeremiah Proctor was a child, his father often pushed him to excel because he thought his son could grow up to be a leader, according to family members. Proctor, 25, of Oroville , north of Sacramento, eventually joined the Army and became a staff sergeant. He was on his third deployment to Iraq when he was killed in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, on June 26. Army officials said Proctor and another soldier were killed by an improvised explosive device.
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September 12, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
In Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgt. Marc A. Arizmendez led a unit that specialized in retrieving military vehicles damaged in combat and getting them back on the road in working order as quickly as possible. Arizmendez, who had a knack for mechanical work and a passion for vintage Volkswagens, was in his element, fixing tanks and Humvees while assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, based in Hohenfels, Germany. In Germany, he met and married his wife, Barbara, and the couple had two children, Jenny and Justin, now 8 and 7, respectively.
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November 13, 2011 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Army Pfc. Douglas J. Jeffries Jr. liked to perform — and not just on stage with the alternative rock band he played in during high school. Known for his sense of humor and fondness for comical stunts, Jeffries once wore an inflatable sumo wrestler costume to Porterville's Wal-Mart, the biggest place in the Tulare County town northeast of Bakersfield, and walked down the aisles strumming his guitar. "When the batteries went dead, his suit deflated," recounted his father, Douglas Jeffries Sr. "And he continued walking through, playing his guitar.
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November 20, 2011 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
In one photograph on his Facebook page, Army Spc. Koran P. Contreras is wearing black Clark Kent glasses and a big smile. An intricate tattoo proclaiming "Infantry" decorates his right shoulder. As usual, he is making someone laugh. But in snapshots taken later on, after he was sent with his Army unit to Afghanistan, Contreras looks older. Out on patrol and dressed in full combat fatigues, the 21-year-old Lawndale infantryman shows a wary but determined face, weapons strapped over his shoulder.
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January 15, 2012 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Christmas Day was painful for Leslie Frokjer. That morning, she stepped away from her family briefly and tearfully reread her husband's last, loving letter, sent from Afghanistan just days before he died. It didn't get easier when she emerged from her bedroom to be with her parents, grandparents and 2-month-old son. Looking into the baby's eyes, she was reminded again of her husband and that her boy will never know his father or spend a Christmas at his side. Marine Sgt. Chad Frokjer was killed June 30 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border.
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November 13, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - When Army Pfc. Geoffrey Quevedo was airlifted late last year to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after being severely wounded in Afghanistan, his family in California was told to hurry to Washington to say a final goodbye. The 20-year-old from the farming community of Reedley in Fresno County was not expected to live beyond a few days. A blast from an improvised explosive device had ripped off his left foot and his left arm above the elbow. It knocked out four front teeth, broke his nose and jaw, and collapsed a lung.
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February 19, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Chad Regelin surprised his parents at dinner one night in 2006 by announcing that he was joining the Navy. Regelin, of the small Northern California community of Anderson, had been employed by a construction company since he graduated from high school a few months earlier. Working with a road crew, he had become interested in explosives, he told his parents. He planned to enroll in the Navy's explosive ordnance disposal school and learn how to dismantle bombs. "We were like, 'what?
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