On, March 2, 2004, Punta Gorda residents Lee and Janine Woodliff received news that no parent wants to hear — their son, Army Sgt. Michael R. Woodliff had been killed while serving in Iraq.
A paratrooper who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, Woodliff, 22, had been transferred to the 120 mm mortar section of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in Germany. The unit was sent to Iraq in 2003. He died when the Humvee he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device while on an escort mission just outside of Baghdad.
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