Helicopter Pilot Killed in Iraq Mourned as `Angel Among Men'

April 15, 2006 - Posted at 12:21 p.m. CST

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) _ Hundreds of people turned out in western

Missouri for the funeral of an Army helicopter pilot killed in


Thirty-seven-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Michael Hartwick

Junior was one of two soldiers killed when their helicopter was

shot down April First.

Hartwick was from the small town of Orrick. His funeral took

place in Liberty yesterday at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, where

he was remembered as ``an angel among men.''

Major Chad Ward served with Hartwick in the Army and spoke of

his ``passion for God, his family and his fellow soldiers.''

Hartwick's widow, Kerri Hartwick, says her husband was a very

humble person. She called yesterday's tribute ``incredible.''

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