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More GIs who won't vote in the coming election: Their parents - set to recieve a folded - but never photographed - flag. At what number does the death toll reach the level of no longer acceptable?
But the 21-year-old soldier's dream and life were snuffed out Wednesday when a bomb exploded near his humvee in Baghdad. Two other soldiers died with him.
"He was a great boy, a man, somebody you would have liked to know," his grieving father, Dennis Viglienzone, said Saturday. "If you're in a difficult situation, he was somebody you'd want to be with."
His death was announced Friday by the Department of Defense. Killed with him were 1st Lt. Garrison C. Avery, 23, of Lincoln, Neb., and Spc. Marlon A. Bustamante, 25, of Corona, N.Y. All were members of the Army's 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Ky.