|SGT. THOMAS FRANCIS BROOMHEAD
|Sgt. Thomas F. Broomhead, 34,of Canon City, Colo., was
born in Ohio and raised in Fort Myers, Fla. He joined the
Marines out of high school in 1989. He left the service
briefly and re-enlisted in the Army a few years later in the
hopes of becoming a helicopter pilot. He also served in the
Gulf War. "He liked it a lot," said his wife, Kelli Broomhead.
"He was in it for the long haul." Broomhead was killed May
27 when Iraqis opened fire at a checkpoint in Fallujah. "He
was supposed to be there as a peacekeeper," said Jim
Carter, his brother-in-law and close friend. Broomhead also
left three sons, ages 7, 9 and 11.