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Fort Lewis soldier killed in Iraq had home near Lacey

The Fort Lewis soldier who died in Iraq on Independence Day had purchased a home in Thompson Place, just outside Lacey, before deploying.

Scott Oswell and his wife, Cheri, purchased the home in May, just before he deployed to Iraq with his unit, the 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry, property records show.

Oswell, 33, a chief warrant officer, was killed when the helicopter he was flying struck a power line in Mosul and crashed, the Pentagon said. His co-pilot, whose condition was not known Friday, was seriously injured. A family member who answered the door at the Thompson Place home Friday said Cheri Oswell is not giving interviews.

An American flag flies in the front yard, and a placard that reads “Aloha” welcomes visitors to their home.

Before transferring to Fort Lewis in August, Oswell served more than three years at Wheeler Army Airfield on Oahu. He worked as an aircraft armament maintenance officer, Fort Lewis officials said. He entered the military in December 1991 and was appointed a warrant officer nearly a decade later. He flew the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance and attack helicopter. While stationed in Hawaii, he deployed to Iraq for 13 months beginning in December 2003. He transferred to Fort Lewis to become an instructor pilot.

The couple had two daughters, ages 12 and 10, and a 3-year-old son.

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