Paul C. Neubauer,
Baghdad (southeast of),
He felt he was there for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people to give them an idea of what Americans are all about.
— Ashok Desai, friend, on how Neubauer viewed his role in Iraq
Shortly before Neubauer was killed, he converted to Islam, which he told friends gave him empathy for the Iraqi people. Ten years earlier he began attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after losing his job, his family, and his home.
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