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Army Cpl. Micheal B. Alleman
Died February 23, 2009 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
31, of Logan, Utah; assigned to the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; died Feb. 23 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. Also killed were Cpl. Michael L. Mayne and Cpl. Zachary R. Nordmeyer.
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Teacher-turned-soldier killed in Iraq
The Associated Press
AMERICAN FORK, Utah — Micheal Alleman left his job as a popular fifth-grade teacher two years ago to join the Army.
On Monday, he became the first Utah soldier killed in combat in Iraq since 2007.
Alleman, 31, of Logan, was one of three soldiers killed Monday in Balad when insurgents attacked their unit using small-arms fire, according to the Department of Defense.
He joined the Army in January 2008 and was assigned to Alaska’s Fort Wainwright later that year.
Alleman was a corporal with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. His unit arrived in Iraq in September for a yearlong tour.
His family remembered him Tuesday as a funny, strong man with a sense of purpose who believed in the military effort in Iraq.
“He was doing what he needed to be doing,” Alleman’s wife, Amy, told the Deseret News. “He went down taking down the bad guys, and he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”
Family friend Sadie Bratt said Alleman was close to his family and kept in touch with them regularly.
“Even though he was in Iraq he called and sent packages and checked his wife’s blog,” Bratt told The Daily Herald newspaper in Provo.
Alleman taught at Nibley Elementary School in Cache County from 2005 to 2007, according to school officials.
“He was the epitome of a soldier,” Bill Landauer, a former Nibley Elementary principal, told The Salt Lake Tribune. “That’s what he wanted to do, more than anything else. Teaching came second ... the only thing that didn’t come second was his family.”
Samantha Larkin, 11, was a student in Alleman’s class. She said he told his students he was joining the Army, noting that President George Washington had left his career as a farmer to take up arms.
“He said that George Washington was his hero,” she told The Tribune.
Alleman is survived by his wife and their two sons, Kai, 4, and Kennet, 6.
Pvt. Jordan P. Thibeault, 22, of South Jordan died in September in a noncombat related incident in Iraq.
In 2007, Sgt. Nathan Barnes, 23, of American Fork, was shot and killed in Iraq when his unit was attacked by insurgents.