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Oct 17, 2009 9:01 AM by Associated Press

Fort Carson soldier remembered as loving dad

The family of Army Sgt. Michael Scusa says the Fort Carson soldier, formerly of Villas, N.J., set
his sights on the military as a child. In a statement read at Scusa's funeral Friday in Colorado Springs, Lt. Col. Robert Brown said Scusa's efforts in a battle that killed him preserved the lives of many.

Scusa was one of eight Fort Carson soldiers killed Oct. 3 in an attack in Afghanistan, after hundreds of insurgents armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades attacked two U.S. outposts. It was one of the highest U.S. death tolls in Afghanistan in a single battle in more than a year.

Scusa was 22. He leaves behind his wife and a 1-year-old son. Scusa was posthumously promoted from specialist to sergeant.

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