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Shortly after he joined the Army last spring, Bryce Gautier stopped by the pool at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove. He wanted to let Matt Lambert, who had coached him for three years, know that he had enlisted, a decision he made about the time of his father's death on April 10, 2008." All of a sudden, he started evaluating things and starting to figure things out," Lambert said. "He had a friend that was going into the military and it made sense." A member of the swim and water polo teams throughout high school, Gautier then jumped into the pool to help the polo team practice. "He was a solid swimmer," Lambert said. "But his work ethic and personality was what drew people to him." "Bryce was one of those kids that had so much to give to the world, it's just sad," his coach said. "Definitely robbing the world of something special.
Gautier, a private first class, was killed in Iraq on April 10, the anniversary of his father's death. He and four other soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO., died when a suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives at the entrance to a police headquarters in Mosul, north of Baghdad.
The 22-year-old Cypress resident is survived by his mother, Heidi Frankel; a brother, Evan; and his twin sister, Courtney Tewes.