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    Firefighter-Massachusetts soldier dies at Guantanamo Bay

    Friday, December 26, 2003

    Massachusetts soldier dies at Guantanamo Bay


    By THEO EMERY
    Associated Press Writer


    BOSTON- Sgt. Theodore L. Perreault was a sportsman, a family man, and a firefighter who was proud to serve in the military. Deployed after Sept. 11 and again last August, the Army national guardsman died of non-combat injuries this week at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Perreault, 33, of Webster, died Wednesday at Camp Bulkeley, in Guantanamo Bay, the Pentagon announced Friday.

    "It appears Perreault died of a single gunshot wound to the head but his death is still under investigation," base spokeswoman Lt. Col. Pamela Hart said.

    Perreault was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 181st Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard.

    The U.S. military is holding detainees suspected of having links to Afghanistan's fallen Taliban regime and the al-Qaida terrorist network at Guantanamo Bay.

    "He was just a great husband and father. I'm very proud of him," said his wife, Trina Perreault, 33.

    She learned of her husband's death from the Pentagon on Christmas Eve.

    Theodore Perreault was a firefighter in Webster, a town about 20 miles south of Worcester, and the director of operations for a private ambulance company, Trina Perreault said. He loved hunting, fishing, hockey and football, she said.

    He was called up shortly after the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attacks and spent a year stationed in Fort Monmouth, N.J., she said.

    While he was there, his daughters, Samantha, 15, and Kyrstin, 13, raised money by making flags out of beads and selling them at a church craft fair and a flea market. With the money they raised, they bought a television and VCR for the unit for Christmas 2001.

    They raised still more money to buy an outdoor grill, which the Guard brought with them to Cuba when they were deployed in August. The fund-raising projects were, Trina Perreault said, the children's way of coping with their father's absence.

    The son of a military man with one brother who served in the U.S. Marines and another in the Army and National Guard, Theodore Perreault took his military duties and the American flag "very seriously," she said.

    "He was a very proud man," she said. "He had a lot of pride serving the military."

    Perreault is the second soldier to die since the Guantanamo detention mission started nearly two years ago. Staff Sgt. Ryan Foraker of Ohio went missing in September 2002 and has been declared dead by the Army.

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    Sgt. Theodore L. Perreault, 33

    Wednesday, December 31, 2003

    Sgt. Theodore L. Perreault, 33


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    WEBSTER- Sgt. Theodore L. Perreault, 33, of 42 East Main Street, died Tuesday, December 23, 2003, at Camp Bulekey Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard, Joint Task Force. His unit was in charge of holding detainees suspected of having links to Afghanistan

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    Sgt. Theodore L. Perreault, 33

    Wednesday, December 31, 2003

    Sgt. Theodore L. Perreault, 33


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    WEBSTER- Sgt. Theodore L. Perreault, 33, of 42 East Main Street, died Tuesday, December 23, 2003, at Camp Bulekey Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard, Joint Task Force. His unit was in charge of holding detainees suspected of having links to Afghanistan

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