In Memoriam News Gallery – 2010

Marine Major David Schneider salutes after presenting the flag that covered the casket of Marine Capt. Brandon A. Barrett, to his mother Cindy Barrett, left, as her daughter Taylor Barrett looks on during the graveside ceremony in Marion, Ind., Saturday, May 15, 2010. Barrett, 27, died May 5, 2010 in Helmund province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Monica McNeal and family friend Molly Pannell (laying down) gather at the gravesite of McNeal’s 19-year-old son, Eric Ward, during their visit to Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2010. Lance Corporal Eric Ward, a fourth-generation U.S. Marine, was killed in Afghanistan on February 21, 2010. The United State is commemorating Memorial Day this weekend. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES – Tags: SOCIETY MILITARY)

Transfer cases containing the remains of Navy Petty Officer Zarian Wood, left, and Marine Cpl. Nicholas D. Pardarodriguez sit on a loader Monday, May 17, 2010 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Wood, 29, of Houston, Texas died May 16 in Helmand province, Afghanistan of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device and Pardarodriguez, of Fredericksburg, Va., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom

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A Marine carry team loads a transfer case containing the remains of Lance Corporal Joshua Davis, of Perry, Iowa, Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Davis, died during Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

A Marine carry team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Lance Cpl. Philip P. Clark Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Clark, of Gainesville, Fla., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 picture, a mourner reacts as he kneels next to the coffin of Marine Lance Cpl. Abram LaRue Howard at the Williamsport Area High School Auditorium in Williamsport, Pa. Howard, 21, was serving in Afghanistan on July 27, 2010 when he died of injuries from a roadside bomb blast in Helmand province. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

In this Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 picture, a Marine Corps Color Guard folds a flag above the casket of Lance Cpl. Shane R. Martin during burial services at Houston National Cemetery in Houston. The 23-year-old of Spring, Texas died Thursday, July 29, 2010 after a roadside bomb exploded in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He had also been deployed to Iraq. Martin is survived by his wife Lauren who he married on July 4, 2008 as well as his mother and father Debora and Kevin Wallace, his brother Kyle and his sister Diane. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

Marine Cpl. John Bishop’s son K’Sean Bishop, 4, holds onto an American flag and his step-father David Rohwer, while leaving the cemetery where his father was buried Thursday Sept. 16, 2010 in Versailles, Ind. Bishop, 25, of Columbus, Ind., died Sept. 8 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan AP Photo/The Republic, Joel Philippsen

Marine PFC Kyle Rangel places a wreath on a brother Marine’s headstone, while Marine Pvt. Caleb Morge looks on at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. The Marines came from Camp Lejeune, N.C., to place the wreaths, close to 24,000 of them donated by Morill Worcester of the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Me., on the grave sites at the national cemetery. Worcester has donated the wreaths for the past nineteen years (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

In Memoriam News Gallery – 2003

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Melissa Heng, left, and Amy Chen, both of San Francisco, comfort each other during a memorial service for their late friend, Marine Lance Cpl. Sok Khak Ung, at the Valencia Street Serra Mortuary in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003. Ung, 22, returned from active duty in Iraq  in July, but was killed at his father’s Long Beach home earlier this month by an unknown gunman, according to police. (AP Photo/Erin Lubin)

Funeral procession of LCpl. Jakub H. Kowalik, May 28, 2003. (Family photo)

The family of LCpl. Jakub Kowalik receive the flag which draped his casket, May 28, 2003 (Family photo).

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Janina Bitz, right, holds her two year-old son Joshua during a check presentation from the Fallen Patriot Fund at her home in Jacksonville, N.C., Wednesday, May 7, 2003. Her husband, Marine Sgt. Michael E. Bitz, was killed in Iraq in March. The fund was created by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to aid families of U.S. military personnel who were killed or seriously injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (AP Photo/Stan Gilliland)

U.S. Marines carry the casket of Marine Cpl. Armando Ariel Gonzalez, 25, of Hialeah, Fla., during funeral services Tuesday, April 29, 2003, in Hialeah. Gonzalez was killed when a refueling truck collapsed on him in Iraq earlier this month. (AP Photo/Lee Suarez, Ho)

Buddhist Monks escort a Marine honor guard carrying the casket of Marine Cpl. Kemaphoom Chanawongse, of Waterford, Conn., during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Monday, April 28, 2003. Chanawongse was killed on March 23 during operations on the outskirts of Nasiriyah, Iraq. For the first time in memory, a Buddhist monk is presiding over an Arlington National Cemetery burial ceremony(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Marines and soldiers salute as the flag-draped body of Riayan A. Tejeda, a U.S. Marine killed in in Ira, is placed inside a hearse at the conclusion of a funeral mass for the slain Marine, Monday, April 21, 2003, in the Washington Heights section of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Erica Rois (C), widow of Marine Sgt. Duane Rios, closes her eyes while holding a U.S. flag after a memorial service for her husband outside St. Mary’s Church in Griffith, Indiana, April 19, 2003. Rios was killed in battle outside Baghdad on April 4, 2003. REUTERS/Frank Polich

Friends and family of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Aviles gather at St. Patrick Catholic Church for a vigil prayer service Monday, April 21, 2003, in Tampa, Fla. Aviles was killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq on April 7. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken, Pool)

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Marine First Sgt. Edward Smith’s wife Sandy (L) and eldest son Nathan, 12, and eight-year-old and daughter Shelby, hug as his coffin is loaded into a hearse, at a memorial service held by Anaheim Police Department, April 17, 2003. Sgt. Smith worked as a reserve officer, and was killed on April 5 during the war in Iraq. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A Marine fights back tears as he sits with his wife during a memorial service for Marine First Sgt. Edward Smith, held by the Anaheim Police Department, in California, April 17, 2003. Sgt. Smith, who worked as a reserve officer in Anaheim, was killed last April 5 during the war in Iraq. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Friends and family of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Aviles gather at St. Patrick Catholic Church for a vigil prayer service Monday, April 21, 2003, in Tampa, Fla. Aviles was killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq on April 7. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken, Pool)

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Rev. Michael Blankenship speaks at the funeral for Marine Cpl. Patrick Nixon at College Heights Baptist Church Tuesday, April 15, 2003 in Gallatin, Tenn. Nixon is the first Tennessean killed in the war against Iraq His body was found March 30, a week after his unit was ambushed as it tried to secure a bridge near Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Mastin Robeson (R) comforts Charlene Stroud, the mother of United States Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brian Anderson, after giving her the flag that draped Anderson’s coffin at a graveside service in Durham, North Carolina, April 15, 2003. Anderson, who was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, died in an accident near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Anderson is the second North Carolina native killed in the war in Iraq. Stroud’s husband James is at left. REUTERS/Ellen Ozier

Marines lower coffin of Lt. Frederick Pokorney, Jr.., of the 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Monday, April 14, 2003 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Pokorney was killed March 23, 2003 in Iraq

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Police officers from Salt Lake City and a Marine honor guard escort the casket of US Marine Staff Sgt. James Wilford Cawley past several hundred officers for his funeral in Bountiful, Utah.(AFP/File/George Frey)

Lorenza Padilla-Ramirez (front) is comforted by her daughter, Martha, as they both looked at a photo of Fernando Padilla-Ramirez, Lorenza’s son and Martha’s brother, on a wall in San Luis, Ariz.

A U.S. Marine color guard escorts the casket of Marine Lance Cpl. William White following memorial services in his church in Brooklyn, N.Y., Saturday, April 12, 2003.

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U.S. Marines carry the casket of Cpl Jose Angel Garibay, killed in the war in Iraq, at his funeral Friday, April 11, 2003, at the St. Joaquim Catholic Church in Costa Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Rose Palmisano) He was granted posthumous US citizenship this week. AP – Apr 11 10:44 PM

Police officers from the Costa Mesa Police Dept. load the body of Cpl Jose Angel Garibay into a hearse after a memorial service in Costa Mesa, California April 10, 2003. Garibay was killed in Iraq (news – web sites) while fighting with the United States Marines and had planned to become a police officer in Costa Mesa after his military service. REUTERS/John Hayes

Catholic Priest Danilo Sanchinelli performs the ceremony at the funeral of Guatemalan born Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Antonio Gutierrez at Los Cipreses cemetery in Guatemala City, Wednesday April 9, 2003. Gutierrez, 28, became one of the first combat casualties of the war in Iraq (news – web sites) when he was killed in ground combat fighting for the port city of Umm al Qasr of Iraq. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Two members of a Marine honor guard secure the American flag over the casket of Marine Cpl. Randal Rosacker as others fire a 21-gun salute in the background during burial services near Alamosa, Colo., on Friday, April 4, 2003. Randal Rosacker was killed in Iraq (news – web sites) on March 23. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

The casket baring the body of slain U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Buesing, killed in the fighting in Iraq, is carried by horses to the grave site at Cedar Key, Fla. Saturday, April 5, 2003. Brian’s photo is shown in signs set up throughout the city. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

A United States Marine Corps color guard carry the casket of Corporal Brian Matthew Kennedy during funeral services at the First United Methodist Church Monday April 7, 2003 in San Diego. The 25-year-old Kennedy was killed in Iraq (news – web sites) March 21, 2003. (AP Photo/Pool,Peggy Peattie )

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Marines carry the casket of Marine Sgt. Bradley Korthaus, of Davenport, Iowa, in to the Our Lady of Victory Church for funeral services, Monday, April 7, 2003, in Davenport, Iowa. Korthaus was killed in southwest Iraq (news – web sites) on March 24 according to U.S. military officials. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

A U.S. Marine stands at attention as the coffin of Lance Cpl. Jose Antonio Gutierrez is carried into the church at the start of his funeral, Monday, April 7, 2003, in Lomita, Calif. Guitierrez was killed in combat March 21 during Operation Iraqi Freedom

The casket of slain Marine Corporal David Fribley is carried to the grave for services at Etna Green cemetery in Etna Green, Indiana, April 8, 2003. Fribley was the first serviceman from Indiana to be killed in the war against Iraq (news – web sites). REUTERS/Frank Polich

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William Buesing III, father of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Buesing, 20, holds an American flag given to him by a member of a Marine color guard as he grieves over his son’s coffin during funeral services Saturday in Cedar Key, Fla. Buesing was one of nine Marines who died in a confrontation with Iraqi troops near Nasiriyah, Iraq, on March 23.

Tony Nave, 6, leaves a funeral in White Lake Township, Mich., for his dad, Maj. Kevin Nave

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. David Kilborn hands the flag that draped the casket of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Philip A. Jordan to Jordan’s son Tyler, 6, as his mother, Amanda, looks on Wednesday at St. Patrick Cemetery in Enfield, Conn. Jordan died in an ambush in Nasiriyah, Iraq. April 4, 2003.

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An unidentified woman touches the casket of Marine Capt. Ryan Beaupre on Thursday, April 3, 2003 in St. Anne, Ill.

The body of Marine Capt. Ryan Beaupre arrives at St. Anne Grade School for a visitation service on Wednesday, April 2.

Friends, family and fellow Marines gather at the funeral service for 1st Lt. Therrel S. Childers in Powell, Wyoming. Military officials say he was the first American killed in combat in Iraq, April 1, 2003.

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The casket of GySgt. Phillip T. Jordan arrives in Conn., March 31, 2003.

In Memoriam News Gallery – 2004

In Memoriam News Gallery – 2004

A Marine honor guard drapes a flag over the casket of Marine Cpl. Binh N. Le, a 2002 graduate of Edison High School, during his funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

At the funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 22 of Marine Cpl. Binh N. Le, 20, who died in Fallujah on Dec. 3, mourners included the uncle who raised him, Luong La.

The slain Marine’s father, Michael Lucero, in dark glasses, and Tina, the Marine’s mother, are comforted by friends. At center is Joshua Lucero’s son, Joey.

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Robert Houck comforts his wife, Beth, after the burial of their son at Arlington National Cemetery.

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The U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company rendered honors during Capt. Rapicault’s burial.

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Marines carry Cpl. Nicholas L. Ziolkowski’s ashes and an American flag at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.(Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby) Nov 24, 2004

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The casket of Lance Cpl. Nicholas H. Anderson is led out of Our Lady of the Assumption Church today in Ventura.

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The dog tag of fallen Marine JP Blecksmith hangs from the casket as the The 5th Marine Battalion pall bearers carry him to his final resting place. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

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The 5th US Marine Battalion march along the hearse during the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick “JP” Blecksmith who was killed in Iraq was held at the Church of our Saviour in San Gabriel. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

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After the funeral for Marine Cpl. Robert P. Warns II, students from St. Mary’s Elementary School line Newhall Ave. in Waukesha as the hearse goes by. Warns died Nov. 8 in Iraq.

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A Marine honor guard carries the casket at the burial service for Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Langley at Lexington Cemetery. Langley, 20, of Lexington, died Nov. 7 in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. The Associated Press/Charles

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Pall bearers carry the body of Lance Corporal Nicholas Larson, 19, from Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Winfield, Illinois, November 18,2004. Larson, a Marine, was killed as U.S. forces pushed toward Falluja, Iraq (news – web sites) on November 9, 2004. Larson is one of six Illinois servicemen killed in one week. REUTERS/John Gress

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An honor guard of United States Marines moves the casket of Cpl. Robert P. Warns II to his grave at St. Josephs Cemetery in Waukesha, Wisconsin November 18, 2004. Warns died of wounds suffered in Lutifiyah, Iraq ( – ) on November 9th.

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Tony Torres, 42, of Homestead, mourns his nephew, Marine Lance Cpl. Juan “Steve” Segura, 26, after the family found out that Segura was killed Tuesday in al-Anbar province in Iraq. He was supposed to come home in December.
(Sun-Sentinel/Melissa Lyttle)

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Phoebe Oliveira, wife of Marine Cpl. Brian Oliveira, is presented an American flag and her husband’s medals. To her left is David Horseman, Brian Oliveira’s father.

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Zeada Gadsden holds a photo of her son Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan Gadsden, who died of injuries he received while serving in Iraq. Gadsden lived most of his life in Jamestown.

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Arlene (center) and Paul Felsberg attend a memorial service at FIU Wednesday for their son, Marine 2nd Lt. Michael Felsberg, who was killed in Iraq Oct. 13.

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Peggy and Jeff Hubbard, far left, parents of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Hubbard, along with relatives of Cpl. Jeremiah Baro, watch as doves are released during a funeral service for the fallen Marines Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, in Clovis, Calif. The two men, who had been friends since elementary school, were killed together in action in Iraq ( – ). Baro’s parents Terry, behind man releasing doves, and Bert Baro, third from right, and Cpl. Baro’s girlfriend, Stephine Sanchez, second from right in front, look on. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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Pallbearers walk out the coffins of U.S. Marines Jeremiah Baro, left, and Jared Hubbard after funeral services at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fresno, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004. The two young men from the San Joaquin Valley died while serving together in Iraq ( – ). (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Stephine Sanchez, left, is escorted by the Rev. Tim Rolen after she read a poem to her boyfriend, Marine Cpl. Jeremiah Baro, at funeral services for Baro and Lance Cpl. Jared Hubbard, pictured at right, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fresno, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004. The two young men from the San Joaquin Valley died while serving together last week in Iraq ( – ). (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Marine Staff Sgt. Tom McCarty comforts Jan Lukac during the funeral for Lukac’s son, John, on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Lukac, a Marine, was killed last week in Iraq.John Locher, Las Vegas (Nev.) Review-Journal / AP photo

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Ian Zook’s parents, Mark and Karen, watch their son’s casket being placed in his grave as a Marine honor guard salutes. Friends say he kept in touch from out of state and overseas.

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Hundreds of people paid their respects Thursday to Ian Zook, 24, a Marine from St. Lucie County. During the graveside ceremony, family friend Kristy Cribier (from left), his sister, Amy, and his parents, Mark and Karen, grieve at Forest Hills Cemetery in Palm City. Officials presented Zook’s parents with his Purple Heart.

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A Marine hands Concetta Mateo, widow of Marine Lance Cpl. Ramon Mateo, the flag that covered his casket Monday.

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Sgt. Ryan Schulze, with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, pays his final respects to Pfc. Timothy Shane Folmar, a rifleman with Fox Company, during a memorial service for him at Combat Outpost on Tuesday. Folmar was killed battling enemy insurgents in Iraq on Sept. 24.

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Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Mullins, 21, gives a final salute to fellow motor transport mechanics Lance Cpl. Ramone Mateo, 20, and Lance Cpl. Arron Boyles, 25, who were killed by hostile action on Sept. 24 during convoy operations near Fallujah, Iraq. The Marines were members of Regimental Combat Team 7 Motor Transportation Company.

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Marines prepare a flag to give to the mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Steven A. Rintamaki at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle. (October 01, 2004)

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Goodbye: Melanie Meluat, right, holds her 3-year-old daughter MiaCai Meluat while the girl waves goodbye to her father, the late U.S. Marine Cpl. JayGee Meluat, as his casket is lowered into the grave at the Guam Veterans Cemetery in Piti yesterday.

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Andrew Soltau pays respects at the coffin of his son, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Adrian Soltau, who became the 21st armed forces member from Wisconsin killed in Iraq, at Wood National Cemetery on Thursday. Adrian Soltau, 21, died in an explosion Sept. 13, during his second tour of duty in Iraq.

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Brigette Brown (cq) kisses the casket of her son, Marine Lance Corporal Dominic Brown, at the Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville Wednesday.

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A hearse carrying the body of Marine PFC David Burridge passes Lafayette High School on Friday morning on its way to the cemetery. Students lined both sides of the street. A 50-foot American flag was stretched across the street and held in place by two Lafayette Fire Department ladder trucks. Burridge was killed in action in Iraq in early September by a suicide bomber.

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Family photo taken in June of Edgar Lopez and his wife, Rosie; son, Edgar Jr.; and daughter, Anamaria.

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Siblings and fellow Marines Rosanna and Caleb Powers, photographed in Twentynine Palms, Calif., in 2002. Lance Cpl. Caleb Powers, 21, of Mansfield, Douglas County, was killed in Iraq last week

 

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Sandra Alvarez, 21, of Highland embraces a photographer of her husband U.S. Marine Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, 22, who was killed in Iraq over the weekend. In the background, Nicanor’s brother Ismael Gonzalez Sr., 30, sits in shock.

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Courtney and Brad McCormick were married just before Christmas of 2003, before Brad was deployed to Iraq. He died in August of this year.

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A portrait of 27-year-old Sgt. Yadir Reynoso hangs in the doorway of his parents’ home while his family looks over photos and other personal mementos they have arranged around their fireplace. Reynoso died last week while serving in Iraq.

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Marine LCpl. Robert Weber’s firefighter memorial, August 20, 2004.

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Geri Morris and Dan Pratt, the parents of Marine Cpl. Dean Paul Pratt, hold the flags from their son’s casket at his funeral service Thursday at the American Legion Hall near Stevensville. Pratt died in an explosion in Iraq on Aug. 2. Standing next to his parents are their current spouses, John Morris, left, and Becky Pratt, right. Photo by TOM BAUER/Missoulian

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Capt. Mark Shae from Fire District No. 4 holds his radio to the microphone as the final tone-out for Bryan Kelly was transmitted as a tribute to a fallen firefighter during last night’s public service. Kelly was a volunteer firefighter for District No. 4.

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Renee Jean / Daily Journal Staff Sgt. Trevor L. Spink, 36, was killed in Iraq Saturday. His remains arrived at the St. Louis airport Thursday and were taken to Desloge. A brief ceremony marked the occasion, and a full rifle detail of Marines stood by as the casket was carefully placed in the waiting hearse.

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The casket of Marine Lance Cpl. Scott E. Dougherty arrives for his funeral service Saturday June 17, 2004.

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Celeste Lawrence stands next to her father Warren as they watch several Marines carry the flag covered casket of her husband Marine Cpl. Jeffrey Lawrence at Holy Hope Cemetery.Photos by FRANCISCO MEDINA/Tucson Citizen

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John Vangyzen III tries to find comfort in the Rev. Bob Rust, above, as his emotions over losing his son, John Vangyzen IV, overtake him.

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Shirley Huston kisses the casket holding the body of her son, Lance Cpl. James Huston Jr., a Marine who was killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq, during his funeral Saturday in Hermiston.

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U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christian Bacon, center, salutes as a flag, which adorned a casket bearing the body of Lance Cpl. Michael S. Torres, is folded during graveside services, Monday, July 12, 2004, at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas. Torres was killed along with two other Marines in combat near Fallujah, Iraq ( – ) on July 5

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A Marine salutes the weapon and helmet that belonged to Sgt. Kenneth K. Conde during a memorial service for him at Camp Hurricane Point in Ramadi, Iraq, on Thursday. Conde was killed July 1 by an improvised explosive device.

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Marine reservist Joshua Tackett of Edgewood, Md., holds a family picture, that includes himself, center, his brother Bruce Tackett, right, and his cousin Lance Cpl. Patrick Adle, left, Wednesday, June 30, 2004, in Edgewood. Adle, 21, of Bel Air, was one of five Marines killed while traveling in Iraq , Tuesday. Adle was one of five Marines traveling Tuesday in a Humvee to Baghdad when the roadside bomb blew up, said Joshua, Adle’s cousin. (AP Photo/ Matt Houston)

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Vistors view the coffin of 22-year-old U.S. Marine Juna Lopez, in his hometown of San Luis de la Paz in central Mexico, Saturday, July 3, 2004. Lopez was killed in an ambush in Iraq June 21. Lopez emigrated to the United States as a teenager. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Marines carry the casket of Marine Cpl. Tommy L. Parker, Jr., after Parker’s funeral service, Tuesday, June 29, 2004, in Heber Springs, Ark. Parker, 21, was killed June 21 in an ambush in Ramadi, Iraq, one of four Marines to die. He was serving with a sniper platoon of the First Marine Division out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP Photo/Mike Wintroath)

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The cort’ge of Col. Paul Schreiber during his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, June 9, 2004.

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The casket of Col. Paul Screiber is lifted Heavenward by Marine Corps Body Bearers during his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, June 9, 2004.

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The casket of Col. Paul Schreiber is carried by loved ones from St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Arlington, VA, May 1, 2004.

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U.S. Marines prepare to fold a flag at the end of a memorial service for U.S. Marine PFC Cody Shea Calavan yesterday in Everett. The flag was presented to Calavan’s father, David.

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Before the graveside ceremonies for Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Codner, one of the folded American flags presented to his family was laid on the vault near the Marine insignia.

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Classmates of Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Codner carry the casket of their friend to its final resting place at the Shelton Cemetery Friday afternoon. Codner graduated from Shelton High School in 2003.

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Memorial Day : A US Marine detachment from Annapolis, Maryland assists the 3rd Infantry Old Guard in placing some 290,000 flags at each headstone in preparation for Memorial Day 27 May, 2004 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. (AFP/Tim Sloan)

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A U.S. serviceman with the military’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines Regiment holds the dog-tags of a fallen comrade after a memorial service in their honor at Camp Baharia near Falluja, Iraq, May 25, 2004. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Mourners salute and place their hands over their hearts as a Marine honor guard carries the flag-draped coffin of Marine Lance Cpl. Bob W. Roberts, 30, out of the church following funeral services in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, May 26, 2004. Roberts, who was raised in Portland but lived in Newport, Ore., was killed May 17 by hostile fire in Iraq’s Al Anbar province. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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A picture released by the US Marines shows Lance Cpl. David R. Dahl saying goodbye to his best friend Lance Cpl. Jeremiah E. Savage during a memorial service at camp Hurricane Point, in Iraq. Continuing violence saw another US Marine killed in action in the restive province of al-Anbar in western Iraq(AFP/USMC/File/Paula M. Fitzgerald)

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A U.S. Marine Corps honor guard salutes Cpl. Ronald Payne Jr., May 16, 2004.

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The Rev. G. Michael Bugarin, left, accompanies the grieving Shuder family in the church. Brad Shuder, a 2001 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.

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Members of a United States Marines firing detail march during the funeral for Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm, at the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York, April 23, 2004. Kolm’s grandfather served as a Marine in World War II and his father served as a Marine in Vietnam. Kevin Kolm, a 23 year old, third generation Marine, died from hostile fire in Iraq while serving with the 3rd Assault Amphibious Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. REUTERS/Chip East

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The widow of Marine 2nd Lt. John T. Wroblewski, Joanna Wroblewski, left, weeps as Captain Martin Lewis, right, hands the American flag that draped her husband’s coffin during a funeral ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Friday, April 23, 2004, in Arlington, Va. Wroblewski, 25, of Oak Ridge, N.J., died April 6 due to injuries received from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Arroyave is pictured with his wife, Rachelle, in a photo arrangement at Brennan’s home.

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Carmenza Brennan of Woodland wears a locket with pictures of herself and her son, Marine Staff Sgt. Jimmy Arroyave, who was killed Thursday in a convoy accident in Iraq. “He’s my only son. And he’s not only my son, he’s my best friend,” she says.

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Family and friends gather yesterday at a graveside service in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston, for Lance Cpl. Matthew K. Serio, the North Providence Marine killed April 5 near Fallujah, Iraq. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Providence.

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Emily Dieruf, center, watched her husband’s coffin being carried from the Cathedral of Christ the King yesterday.

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Family members (R) watch as a Marine Honor Guard carries the casket of Marine Lance Cpl. Phillip Frank into Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois, April 17, 2004. Frank died from hostile fire in the Al Anbar region of Iraqon April 8. REUTERS/Frank Polich

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Wearing her cousin’s hat, Erika Howard embraces Brandon Gray, the brother of Torrey Gray, in Patoka, Ill. — Robert Cohen / Associated Press

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In a moment of reflection, Corporal William Rodriguez of Virginia Beach, VA, kneels and holds the identification tags hanging on the rifle, helmet and boots of his dead friend Lance Corporal Levi T. Angell, during his memorial services at the US Marines base of Camp Fallujah, 50 kms west of Baghdad.

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Emma Roberts is comforted by her daughter, Angela Roberts-Burton, second from right, after receiving the U.S. flag that draped the coffin of her son, Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony P. Roberts, during a cermony inside the pavilion at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Bear, Del. The 18-year-old Delaware native was killed April 6 in combat in Iraq. (AP Photo/Dee Marvin)

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Marines stand at attention as the boxed casket of Lance Cpl. Matthew Serio is unloaded from a commercial aircraft Monday, April 12, 2004 at T.F. Green airport in Warwick, R.I. Serio, 21, was killed in Anbar province, home to Fallujah, Iraq, Monday, April 5, 2004 after his unit, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, arrived to help quell an uprising, his father said. Serio was hit by shrapnel. (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho)

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The flag draped coffin of Lance Cpl. Aric J. Barr, 22, a Marine rifleman killed in combat April 2, 2004, in Iraq, is carried out of St. Stephen Church by a Marine Honor Guard in Hazelwood, Pa., during his funeral, Monday, April 12, 2004.

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A palm cross and a picture of Jesus are set on a photo of PFC Christopher Ramos and his wife Dianna.

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A Marine Gunnery Sergeant escorts Dianna Ramos, wife of PFC Christopher Ramos out of Albequerque International Sunport Wednesday evening.

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Diane Layfield mourns the loss of her son as brother-in-law Gordon Webster comforts her at her home in Fremont.  Dai Sugano / Mercury News

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Geneviene Isola, 18, takes a moment to remember Marine PFC Kyle Crowley at a California High School memorial made by friends. Chronicle photo by Penni Gladstone

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Sheila Cobb holds a photo of her son, U.S. Marine PFC Christopher Cobb, as she sits with her husband Howell Tuten, center, at their home Wednesday afternoon, April 7, 2004 in Bradenton, Fla. Cobb, 19, a member of the 2nd Batallion, 4th Marines was killed in Iraq . Cobb’s step-brother, Jim Tuten, sits at far right. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

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A U.S. Marine honor guard carries the casket of Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Charles Burgess, 20, of Plymouth, Mass., from Christ Parish Church, Monday, April 5, 2004 in Plymouth. Burgess, serving with the U.S. Marine 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, was killed March 25, 2004, due to enemy action near Fallujah, Iraq. (AP Photo/Julia Malakie)

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An U.S. Marine Corps honor guard carries the casket of Cpl. Andrew D. Brownfield, assigned to the Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, Monday, March 29, 2004, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron, Ohio. Brownfield died March 18, 2004, in a mortar attack at an air base northwest of Baghdad.

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Jessica Riekenberg, left, Dana Sims, center and Michael Barrett, right, friends of Marine PFC Brandon Clinton Smith, 20, of Fayetteville, Ark., look on during the military funeral of Smith at the National Cemetary in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday, March 26, 2004. PFC Smith was killed March 17, 2004 in Al Qaim, Iraq. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

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Orlando Vicente, left, receives the flag from the casket of his son, Marine Cpl. David Vicente during funeral services, Saturday, March 27, 2004, in Methuen, Mass. Seated next to Vicente from left; his wife Celeste, son Daniel and Cpl. Vicente’s fiancee Alexandra Jacobs. Cpl. Vicente, 25, died March 19 in a clash with insurgents near the town of Hit, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, based in Twentynine Palms, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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1st Lt. James Kozel and Gunnery Sgt. Bryant Smith arrange a table honoring the memory of Cpl. Adam Lipford, a tanker with BLT 1/1 who died Feb. 17 during the 13th MEU (SOC) port visit to Guam. Kozel, who was Lipford’s platoon commander, described him as “head and shoulders above the rest, one of the best Devil Dogs I’ve had the privilege to serve with in my career.” Photo by: Lance Cpl. Chad H. Leddy

In Memoriam News Gallery – 2005

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Marine Cpl. Jacob Fales reacts as his mother Glenda lunges toward the casket of her son Marine Cpl. Adam Fales, brother of Jacob and James, left, during the burial service for Adam Friday afternoon at Straight Mountain Baptist Church in Oneonta.

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Katherine Cathey weeps on her husband’s casket at the Reno airport as Major Beck comforts her. She clung to it for several minutes, refusing to move. “I know Jim’s going to be with me in so many ways,” she said later. “And there will be so many people who will teach his son about his father”

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Family members of Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Patten watch as he is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., on Wednesday. Patten, a member of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, died Dec. 1 with nine other Marines when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near their base on the edge of Fallujah, Iraq. Eleven other Marines were injured in the attack.

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Gunnery Sgt. Jorge Miranda, right, and Gunnery Sgt. Paul Faulkner knelt to pray during the funeral for Lance Cpl. Miguel Terrazas on Tuesday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

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Under sunny skies, hundreds of mourners came to pay their respects to fallen Marine Lance Cpl. John Lucente on Saturday in Nevada City. Following his casket, background from left, are Lucente’s stepfather Shawn Mason, mother Christine Mason, sister Cassie, 9, and brother Chris, 15. Photo by Karina Williams/Auburn Journal

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During a service Tuesday in Oakley for U.S.Marine Corps Capt. Tyler Swisher, killed Oct. 21 in Iraq, Capt. Gary McCullar, left, comforted Swisher’s wife, Stephanie, standing with the couple’s two daughters and son.

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His brother Marines carry US Marine Staff Sergeant Rick Pummill to his final resting place at Mt. Moriah Cemetery Thursday afternoon. His wife Chantal and her father Paul Raney look on (right). (Photo by The Enquirer/Glenn Hartong)

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A Marine Corps honor guard carries the casket of fellow Marine Lance Cpl. Chad R Hildebrandt after funeral services at the Maxwell High School gymnasium on Sunday afternoon in Maxwell, N.M. Hildebrandt was killed Oct. 17 near the Iraq-Syria border during a patrol in the aftermath of the Iraqi national referendum. His family said he enemy fighters shot him after he had dismounted from his vehicle during a firefight.

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Donald Pummill, age 3, the son of Marine Staff Sgt. Rick Pummill, touches his father’s casket during his burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Withamsville, Ohio, on Thursday. Pummill was killed by a roadside bomb near Nasser Wa Salaam, 25 miles west of Baghdad, last week. He served with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C

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U.S. Marines pallbearers carry the coffin containing the remains of 12 servicemen who were missing in action from the Vietnam War at a funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 outside Washington. The Marines who were individually indentified are: Cpl. Gerald E. King of Knoxville, Tenn.; Lance Cpls. Joseph F. Cook of Foxboro, Mass., Raymond T. Heyne of Mason, Wis., Donald W. Mitchell of Princeton, Ky., Thomas W. Fritsch of Cromwell, Conn.; Pfcs. Thomas J. Blackman of Racine, Wis., Paul S. Czerwonka of Stoughton, Mass., Barry L. Hempel of Garden Grove, Calif., Robert C. Lopez of Albuquerque, N.M., William D. McGonigle of Wichita, Kan.; Lance Cpl. James R. Sargent of Anawalt, W. Va. Additionally, the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Glenn E. Miller of Oakland, Calif. will be included in the group burial. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Sgt. Jimmie Oing of the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion plays taps as Marine Cpl. Gerald E. King is laid to rest with full military honors Saturday at New Gray Cemetery.

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Members of the United States Marine Corps escort the casket of Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Dyer of the Marine Cops Reserves 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, to Tri-County Baptist Church for his memorial service in West Chester, Ohio, August 17, 2005. Dyer and 13 other Marines were killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on August 3, 2005. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan

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U.S. Marines honor guard members fire one of three volleys during the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Dyer, 19, of Evendale, Ohio, at Arlington National Cemetery Monday Aug. 22, 2005, outside Washington. Dyer was killed in an Aug. 3 roadside explosion in Iraq and was among 16 Ohio-based Marines who had been killed within days of one another. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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U.S. Marines honor guard members carry the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Dyer, 19, of Evendale, Ohio, during his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery Monday Aug. 22, 2005, outside Washington. Dyer was killed in an Aug. 3 roadside explosion in Iraq and was among 16 Ohio-based Marines who had been killed within days of one another. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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An unidentified relative stands over the casket of Honduran-born U.S. Marine Sgt. Ramon Ernesto Gonzalez during a funeral service in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras August 22, 2005. Gonzalez, 30, was killed on August 8 by small arms fire in Ramadi, in western Iraq, where U.S. forces have suffered heavy casualties in recent days. REUTERS/Neptali Romero/LA PRENSA

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Mary Williams, left, receives a flag from U.S. Marine Maj. Kirk Greiner Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio during the funeral of her son, Cpl. Andre Williams, who was killed July 28 in Iraq. Williams was a member of Lima Company 3rd Battalion based in Columbus, of which nine of fourteen Marines killed Wednesday in Iraq were also members. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

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Mary Williams, left, and Robert Williams comfort each other Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio as the casket of their son, Cpl. Andre Williams, who was killed on July 28 in Iraq, is brought to the cemetery. Williams was a member of Lima Company 3rd Battalion based in Columbus, of which nine of fourteen Marines killed Wednesday in Iraq were also members. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

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A hearse caring the body of Lance Cpl. Daniel N. Deyarmin Jr., 22, of Tallmadge, Ohio, leaves Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, in Cleveland. The hearse was headed to the Donovan Funeral Home in Tallmadge. Deyarmin was one of five Ohio Marines killed in Iraq on Monday. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)

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John Thomas, 83, holds a photo of his grandson, Spc. John Thomas, 33, Tuesday Aug. 2, 2005, in Valdosta, Ga. The younger Thomas, a former Marine, was among eight Georgia National Guardsmen killed recently by roadside bombs in Iraq. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor)

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A photo of Marine Cpl Jeffery Boskovitch of North Royaton, Ohio, is placed in front of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines Unit at Brookpark, Ohio, August 3, 2005.  REUTERS/Ron Kuntz

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Members of a U.S. Marine honor guard carry the casket of Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas Keeling, 23, past family member into St. John Neumann Church Tuesday, June 28, 2005 in Strongesville, Ohio. Keeling died in an explosion in Haqlaniyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division.. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Bagpiper Joe Dodson stands among the thousands of headstones at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery as he plays at the burial service for Marine Sgt. David Neil Wimberg, Tuesday, May 31, 2005, in Louisville, Ky. Wimberg was killed last week in Iraq.

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Former Marine and Vietnam veteran Manuel Garcia, pays his Memorial Day respects at the Arlington West memorial in Santa Monica, Calif., Monday, May 30, 2005. Each cross in the memorial, erected by Veterans for Peace, represents a U.S. casualty killed in Iraq.

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British Black Watch bag piper Paul Colville of Glasgow, Scotland plays during a memorial service for the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California May 26, 2005. Some 420 soldiers, sailors, Marines and British soldiers serving with the 1st Marine Division were killed in Iraq. Since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, at least 1,647 American military personnel have lost their lives in Iraq. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Military pilots, including Navy Capt. Bill Sizemore, center, and Navy Cmdr. Nick Mongillo, who served with Marine pilot Maj. John C. Spahr at the Top Gun school in Fallon, Nev., bow their heads in prayer during memorial service for Spahr and Marine Capt. Kelly Hinz, Thursday, May 26, 2005, at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. A statement from the Hinz family said Hinz and another pilot, identified by authorities as Maj. John C. Spahr, 42, of Cherry Hill, N.J., died Monday when their single-seat F/A-18 Hornet jets collided insouth-central Iraq. (AP Photo/Charlie Neuman, Pool)

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Sabina Lawrence of Medford, N.J., (middle, holding camera) and Tracey Harrington, of Baltimore, at far right, both older sisters of fallen Marine John C. Spahr, stand as Marines salute during the end of memorial service for Spahr and Marine Captain Kelly Hinz, Thursday, May 26, 2005, at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Holding flowers are daughters of Tracy Harrington, Grace, 8, front, and Kelly, 7, behind Kelly. Molly Hinz, wife of Kelly Hinz, is woman wearing sun glasses. Hinz and Spahr died earlier this month when their single-seat F/A-18 Hornet jets collided over south-central Iraq, according to information from the family and authorities. (AP Photo/Charlie Neuman, Pool)

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Soldiers salute as a Marine honor guard brings the body of Marine Lance Cpl. Lawrence Philippon, 22, from West Hartford, Conn., to the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, in Hartford, Conn., Sunday, May 15, 2005. Philippon was killed May 8th by small arms fire while serving in Iraq. As a member of the Marine Corps Color Guard, Lance Cpl. Lawrence Philippon carried the flag at the funeral for President Reagan. (AP Photo/Steve Miller)

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U.S. Marines remove the body of Lance Cpl. Wesley Davids of the Marine Corps Reserves’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division from a horse drawn caisson during his funeral at Dublin Community Church in Dublin, Ohio, May 19, 2005. Davids was one of four Marines from the Columbus, Ohio, based Lima Company killed in fighting in Iraq last week. Davids was killed May 11 from and explosion during combat operations in Karabilah, Iraq. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan

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Mia Donald, three-year-old neice of Sgt. Rafael Peralta of San Diego, California, wears a picture of her uncle during a welcome home and reunion ceremony for the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines Regiment, returning from Iraq at Marine Corp Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, May 12, 2005. Sgt. Paralta, a Mexican American, is nominated for a medal of honor for his actions in Iraq. REUTERS/Lucy Pemoni

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An honor guard from the United States Marine Corps carries the flag draped coffin of Lance Cpl. Samuel Sharp, Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Sharp and three other men died 38 years ago on Hill 665 near Khe Sanh, Vietnam, close to the Laos border, in a battle with North Vietnamese troops. The coffins of Petty Officer Malcolm Thomas Miller, 2nd Lt. Heinz Ahlmeyer and Sgt. James Tycz are in the foreground. (AP Photo/Haraz Ghanbari)

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Johnny Spann of Winfield, Ala., pauses at the grave of his son, Johnny ‘Mike’ Spann, at Arlington National Cemetery in February. He was killed in 2001 in Afghanistan.(Haraz Ghanbari / AP)

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Jennifer Sagner, sister of Lance Cpl. Michael L. Starr Jr., places flowers on his coffin, Thursday. Starr was one of 31 servicemen killed when their helicopter crashed last week in Iraq.(Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum) Feb 3, 2005

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Joanne and David Fuller hold a photo of their son, 1st Lt. Travis J. Fuller, and the Bronze Star he was awarded posthumously. Bruce Asato ‘ The Honolulu Advertiser

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James Kinchen of Salcha, Alaska, kneels Tuesday at the casket of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Kinchen, during a funeral service at Colyell Baptist Church. Kinchen died April 4, 2005, in Al Anbar Province in western Iraq. Kinchen was a Livingston Parish native and lived there until he was 13 when his family moved to Alaska.

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Jordan McDonald cries by his brother’s M-16 after a ceremony honoring 15 fallen Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit at W.P.T. Field at Camp Lejeunee, N.C., on Thursday. McDonald’s brother Cpl. Jonathan Beatty was killed in Iraq on Jan. 27. ‘ Gerry Broome / AP Photo

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Navy comrades file out of Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel after a service for Petty Officer 3rd Class John D. House.

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Gunnery Sgt. Barry Baker presents an American flag to Michele Lehto, wife of Marine Staff Sgt. Jason A. Lehto, who was killed Dec. 28 in Iraq. With her are her son Nathan, 11, Jason Lehto’s father, Bob Lehto, and his brother, Anthony.

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Sgt. Joe Houser pauses at the casket of his brother, Sgt. Tom Houser, following funeral services at St. Joseph Cemetery in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Wednesday. Houser, a member of the 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company assigned to work with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed Jan. 3 by enemy fire in Iraq’s Anbar province, military officials said.

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Marine Cpl. Cory Spencer weeps during a Service of Remembrance for nine Marines and one Navy corpsman killed in Iraq. Spencer was a close friend of one of the Marines, Lance Cpl. Franklin Sweger.

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The lei-draped photographs of five troops killed in Iraq ‘ Lance Cpl. Jeffery S. Blanton, Lance Cpl. Blake Magaoay, Petty Officer Julian Woods, Lance Cpl. Brian Medina and Sgt. Rafael Peralta ‘ were on display during a memorial service at Marine Corps Base Hawai’i.

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Cpl. Jesse Hassell, 23, pauses at the casket of Lance Cpl. Brent E. Beeler following a funeral ceremony at Oak Grove Cemetery in Napoleon, Mich., on Tuesday. Hassell said he had been a friend of Beeler’s since the third grade. Beeler was killed in Iraq on Dec. 7.

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In Memoriam News Gallery – 2007

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A Marine Honor Guard carries the casket containing the remains of Marine Cpl. Mark D. Kidd during his funeral ceremony at a cemetery in Brighton, Michigan February 3, 2007. Kidd was killed in Iraq by a sniper’s bullet at a checkpoint. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES)

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Marines prepare to roll in the casket of Lance Cpl. Adam Emul, 19, on the island of Saipan, Northern Marianas on Feb. 10. Emul was killed in action in Anbar province, Iraq on Jan. 29 while on foot patrol. Gemma Q. Casas / The Associated Press

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Marine Corp. John Dewis plays Taps after a three-volley salute by members of Marine honor guard during the funeral of Shane Stanfield, 25, a former Marine, at the First Christian Church in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Monday. Stanfield was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq while working as a private security contractor. Michael Smith / The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via The Associated Press

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Jennifer Harris’s friend, Navy Lieutenant Lesley Alexander, touched the coffin.(Globe Photo)

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Marines stood at attention as a carriage containing the casket of Marine Captain Jennifer Harris arrived at St. John the Evangelist Church Monday. Harris, 28, died when a helicopter she piloted went down in Iraq on Feb. 7.(AP Photo)

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A Marine trumpeter plays Taps during the funeral services for Marine Sgt. Maj. Joseph J. Ellis, of Ashland, Ohio, on Wednesday at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Ellis was killed Feb. 7 in Anbar province, Iraq.Gerald Herbert / The Associated Press

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A caisson carries the remains of Marine Corps Maj. Joseph T. McCloud during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Friday, Dec. 15, 2006.

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A tag hangs from the side of his casket of Sgt. Tijerina, who died when his CH-46 Sea Knight caught fire, spun out of control and crashed in Iraq on Feb. 7.

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Tony Macone, left, looks at the dogtags of his niece Marine Corps Captain Jennifer Harris after a memorial service held at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, in San Diego, Monday, March 19, 2007. Harris was one of four Marines killed when their CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed while supporting combat operations in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq Feb. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

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Jonathan Rollins, the elder brother of Army Spec. Justin A. Rollins, left, accompanied by his brother’s girlfriend Brittney Murray, second from left, and his parents Mitchell and Rhonda Rollins, is handed an American flag by Marine Sgt. Jeremy Oaks, right, a family friend, during a funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, March 19, 2007, Rollins of Newport, N.H., was killed with five other soldiers on March 5 in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit during combat operations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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U.S. Marine pall bearers carry the casket out of the Immaculate Conception Church in Easton following funeral services for Marine Staff Sgt. William J. Callahan. Callahan was killed in Anbar province, Iraq. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetary.

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Hanson firefighters salute Sgt. William J. Callahan’s casket as it goes by on Main Streeet in Easton Tuesday. Sgt. Callahan was killed April 27 in Anbar province, Iraq.

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A Marine holds a program from the service for Sergeant William J. Callahan at Immaculate Conception Church in Easton.

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Anthony Martini of Chicago, mourns his brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Philip John Martini while visiting a memorial of over 3400 pairs of boots representing the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq, in Chicago’s Grant Park, Saturday, May 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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A placard with the image of Marine Sgt. Adam Cann who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2006, by a suicide bomb attack on an Iraqi police recruitment center in Ar Ramadi, Iraq., is on display under flags lining the ‘The Avenue of Flags’ at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage, Pa.. Saturday, May 26, 2007. The flags and an eleven panel monument marking the names of soldiers who died in the war on terror are being prepared for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Students from Southern Fulton High School in Warfordsburg, Pa. walk past graves as Angie Booth, a teacher and family friend of slain Marine Lance Corporal Steven Szwydek, leads them on a visit to his grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Thursday, May 24, 2007. A few years ago, Lance Cpl. Szwydek was a classmate of students at a high school in the mountains of Pennsylvania’s Fulton County. Now the fallen Marine is part of a history lesson as students travel to the cemetery on a bus trip paid for by a memorial fund established by Szwydek’s parents. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Pamela Zembiec clutches the flag that covered the casket of her husband, Marine Corps Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, May 16, 2007. Zembiec, 34, of Albuquerque, N.M., died May 11 while conducting combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

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Marine Pfc. Sean Sullivan salutes the grave of his grandfather Robert D. Sullivan, a World War II veteran at the Erie, Colo., cemetery on Monday, May 28, 2007, in Erie, Colo. Private Sullivan is home on leave after completing boot Camp. (AP Photo/Peter M. Fredin)

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Mourners gather at Duxbury Cemetery for the burial services of Marine Lance Cpl. Walter O’Haire, who was killed in Iraq while on foot patrol in Al Anbar province with his platoon on May 9.

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A Navy and Marine honor detail, led by Sgt. Maj. William Skiles, carries Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec into the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md.. Zembiec, a Naval Academy graduate, was honored one final time before being laid to rest May 16. Zembiec, former commander of E Company, 2nd Battaion, 1st Marine Regiment, once said his Marines “fought like lions” during combat in Fallujah. He was killed in action May 10.Photo by: Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva

 

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Members of the Marine Honor Guard escort the body of Marine Cpl. Matthew Zindars, after his funeral service Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at the Lutheran Preparatory School in Watertown Wis. Zindars was killed by a roadside bomb July 24, 2007, during his second tour of duty in Iraq. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

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Marine Col. W. Blake Crowe, commanding officer of Marine Barracks Washington, left, presents a flag to Valerie Bale during a burial ceremony in honor of her uncle, U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Carl A. West, of Amanda Park, Wash, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. West was part of Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Regiment, of the 1st Marine Division and he died Dec. 8, 1950 in the Korean War. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

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United States Marines gather as a memorial is dedicated to the 221 Marines, Soldiers and Sailors who were killed while serving with 5th Marine Regiment battalions in Iraq during a memorial ceremony at Camp Pendleton, California December 7, 2007. The memorial, a Texas barrier identical to the ones employed in Al Anbar Province of Iraq for force protection, bears the names of the fallen soldiers. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)

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Bill Hall of Bugles Across America plays “Taps” during the burial of Gunnery Sgt. Richard Fische on Nov. 19 in Madison, Wis., 40 years after Fischer disappeared while serving as a Marine in the Vietnam War. The military identified Fischer’s remains earlier this year after his relatives submitted DNA samples for testing.
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Pam Speaker sprinkles dirt on the final resting place of her grandson, Lance Cpl. Juan Manuel Garcia-Schill, during his graveside service Sunday. H&N photo by Todd E. Swenson

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A U.S. Marine presented the flag that draped the coffin of Lance Cpl. Robert A. Lynch to Lynch’s mother, Angela Robinson, yesterday during a funeral service at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Ky.

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Service members and civilians honored the life of Cpl. James H. McRae at the Camp Kinser Chapel Aug. 1. McRae was killed in action while serving in Diyala, Iraqi. (Photo by Pfc. Bobby J. Yarbrough).

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Schoolchildren line Main Street in Arcola, Ill. as the procession bringing the remains of Marine Cpl. Allen Roberts home stops in front of the funeral home in Arcola December 5, 2007.

 

In Memoriam News Gallery – 2008

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An usher carried a photo of Paul Johnson-Reuben, a former Marine who was a kidnapped and killed in Iraq while working as private contractor, during a memorial service at the True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minn., Tuesday, April 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

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A caisson carrying the casket of U.S. Marine Major William Gregory Hall arrives for burial services at Arlington National Cemetery, outside Washington, DC, April 23, 2008. Hall, a 38-year-old father of four from Seattle, Washington, was killed on March 29, 2008 when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq. REUTERS/Stelios Varias (UNITED STATES)

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A Marine Corps honor guard carries the casket of 1st Lt. Nicholas Aaron Madrazo, of Bothell, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Madrazo was killed earlier this month during combat operations in Parwan province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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Janice Chance, right, mother of Marine Capt. Jesse Melton III, salutes Capt. Kendrick Gaines after he handed her a folded flag during the Arlington burial.Photo Credit: By Susan Biddle — The Washington Post

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A memorial was held at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii yesterday for three island Marines killed recently in Iraq: Lt. Col. Max Galeai, Capt. Philip Dykeman and Cpl. Marcus Preudhomme. After the ceremony, a tearful Kalala Galeai kissed her son’s picture and softly told him that he did good for himself, for his family and for his country. DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARBULLETIN.COM

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U.S. Marine honor guard fires a 21 gun salute. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)

In Memoriam News Gallery – 2009

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The transfer case containing the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. David R. Hall of Elyria, Ohio, arrives Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2009 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Hall died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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A carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Marine Lance Corp. Javier Olvera of Palmdale, Calif., at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del., Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. According to the Department of Defense, Olvera was killed in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Senior Airman Joseph Holton closes a door to a transfer vehicle holding a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Bruce E. Ferrell Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Ferrell, 21, of Perdido, Ala. died Aug. 10 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

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Pam Ferrell, center, the mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Bruce E. Ferrell is supported as she is led to graveside services at Bryars-McGill Cemetery Monday Aug. 17, 2009 in Perdido, Ala. According to the Department of Defense, 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Bruce E. Ferrell of Perdido, Ala., died Monday Aug. 10, 2009 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Press-Register, John David Mercer)

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A carry team marches away from the transfer case containing the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan, 20, of San Clemente, Calif, after placing it in a transfer vehicle at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del., Friday, August 28, 2009. According to the Department of Defense, Hogan was killed August 26, 2009 in the Helmand providence of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Members of the Marine Honor Guard prepare to lower the casket of USMC Sgt. William Cahir of Washington, during burial services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. Cahir, a native of Bellefonte, Pa., was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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A Marine carry team loads into a transfer vehicle a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Fowlkes Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Fowlkes, of Gaffney, S.C., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.(AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

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A caisson carries the ashes of U.S. Marine Master Sergeant Adam F. Benjamin, 34, of Garfield, Ohio, during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009. Benjamin died Aug. 18 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

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A Marine Corps carry team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Taylor Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Taylor, of Duluth, Minn., died while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)