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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

And now, a note on one fallen soldier. Last month, we reported on a memorial service for three U.S. paratroopers who died in Kunar province in Afghanistan. In that story, we heard this eulogy delivered by a soldier for his comrade.

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Staff Sergeant MICHAEL GABEL (173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. Army): I will not be bitter. I will not shed any tears of sorrow. I am proud to have known such a good man and a warrior to the bitter end. Until we see each other again. Sky soldiers.

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

That was 30-year-old Staff Sergeant Michael Gabel honoring his friend and fellow Staff Sergeant Larry Rougle - both of them from the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Today, we learn that Michael Gabel died last week after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. The Baton Rouge native was on his third tour in Afghanistan. He had also served in Iraq. His brother David tells us Michael had planned to reenlist next year so he could return to Afghanistan, a country he loved.

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