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LCpl. Drew Weaver
(reprinted from MarineCorpsTimes.com, February 29, 2008)

Twentynine Palms Marine killed in Iraq

A lance corporal was killed while conducting combat operations in Iraq on Thursday, defense officials announced Monday, marking the Corps’ first combat-related death in more than a month.

Lance Cpl. Drew W. Weaver, 20, of St. Charles, Mo., died in Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at Twentynine Palms, Calif., a Defense Department statement said.

More information was not immediately available from the Corps, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on its Web site that a funeral will be held Friday for Weaver in his hometown.

Former classmates and teachers at St. Charles West High School recalled him as an easygoing man who decided to join the Corps shortly before graduating high school.

“He tried to find the best in whatever situation he was in,” assistant principal Scott Voelkl, one of Weaver’s former teachers, told the Post-Dispatch. “He didn’t let things get to him.”

The Corps’ last combat-related death occurred Jan. 19, when Lance Cpl. James M. Gluff, 20, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., died while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was with Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 1st Battalion, 8th Marines.

Before that, the Corps had gone 103 days without a combat-related death.