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Brandon Hocking, 24, of Seattle, died March 21, 2011 after his unit was attacked in As Samawah, Iraq just 10 days before returning home from his second tour. He was buried on what would have been his 25th birthday.
He enlisted in the Army in November 2005, and was assigned to Fort Stewart. He held the rank of corporal when he was killed, but was posthumously promoted to sergeant.
The summer before he died, Brandon Hocking told a military writer how much he enjoyed his job at a base in southern Iraq where he fixed weapons for the Army. "My favorite part about this job is learning different weapons systems,” Hocking said in an Army public affairs report. “There’s always something new to learn so I can be better at my job.”
Brandon enjoyed fixing old cars, sketching and playing guitars.
Survivors include parents, Christine Dansereau and Kevin Hocking, wife, Havalah Hocking, a son and a daughter.
He is also survived by his stepfather, sisters, grandparents, and a large extended family.

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