|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1982|
|Death: ||Jan. 19, 2008|
A 25-year-old soldier whose family said he joined the Army to add ''focus and direction'' to his life was killed in Iraq after his vehicle was struck by an explosive, officials said Monday.
Spc. Richard B. Burress of Naples, FL died Saturday in Al Jabour, Iraq, the Department of Defense said.
Family members said Burress enjoyed the ''simple things'' in life -- fishing, canoeing and spending time with loved ones, including his daughter, Alyssa.
''His easygoing manner and natural warmth instantly endeared [him] to all who met him,'' his family said in a statement.
Burress was ''a reluctant hero,'' his family said, who ''didn't want to be recognized for his service and was deeply touched by the many thanks he received from strangers.''
Burress was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, out of Fort Stewart, Ga.
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