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    Marine Sgt. Nicolas M. Hodson

    22, of Smithville, Mo.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq.


    In the Marine Corps, Hodson finally found a place where he felt comfortable.

    “The last time he was home, he said joining the Marines was the best thing he ever did,” says Mara Edinger, a friend and high school classmate. “He really felt he belonged to something.”

    Hodson’s four-year stint was due to end in June, and he was trying to decide whether to go college and study engineering or make a career with the Marines.

    “He was leaning toward the Marines,” says Michelle Smith, a friend near Kansas City, Mo.

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    Army Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert

    27, of Easton, Pa.; assigned to the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed in a grenade attack near the Iraq-Kuwait border.



    Winning smile ‘lit up morning’

    By Tom Kenworthy
    USA Today

    Christopher Seifert was an athlete, a musician and an outstanding student. But it was his smile that people remember best.

    “He had an absolutely winning smile,” recalled Robert Stinson, a history professor at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., who was Seifert’s academic adviser and instructor for two courses. “You saw him coming and saw his smile, and he lit up the morning.”

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    Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing

    20, of Cedar Key, Fla.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in action near Nasiriyah, Iraq.


    When Brian Buesing graduated from Cedar Key High School in Florida in 2000, there were only 26 kids in the senior class. But even in a larger school, Buesing would have stood out. “He was very outgoing, the center of attention,” said Sarah Campbell, 21, a former classmate. “He always made me laugh.”

    The flag in front of the school flew at half-staff March 25. Local kids from kindergarten through 12th grade all attend the same school. Buesing’s sister, Ariele, is an eighth-grader. Her classmates were busy making sympathy cards.

    “It really hits home. We’re so sad for his family, but people here are very proud that he would choose to stand in harm’s way for them,” said Maurice Healy, guidance counselor at the school.

    “They’re still in shock,” friend Angie Doty said about the family. “It’s just beginning to sink in.”

    -snip-


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    Marine Sgt. Brendon C. Reiss

    23, of Natrona, Wyo.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in action near Nasiriyah, Iraq, on March 23.


    Brendon Reiss loved the water. As a high school student in Casper, Wyo., he’d play in a neighbor’s swimming pool until his skin was waterlogged. He stayed in the water until it got dark the night before he was to leave for boot camp.

    A world away in Iraq, Reiss lost his life above the water of the Euphrates River. His Marine unit came under heavy fire while trying to secure a bridge near Nasiriyah.

    Reiss, 23, had been listed as missing after the March 23 battle. The machine-gunner’s status was changed to killed in action after authorities identified his remains.

    The son of a decorated Vietnam veteran, Reiss had been married for three years. His wife, Tensley, lives with family near Chattanooga, Tenn. He called her on their third anniversary, just weeks before he disappeared, family members said.

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    — USA Today, Associated Press

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    Marine Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams

    31, of Yuma, Ariz.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in action near Nasiriyah, Iraq.



    Arizona native had as strong a will as physique

    Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Williams was “a big teddy bear … big and strong” with strong opinions to match, his mother said after he was listed as missing in action in southern Iraq.

    Early on March 29, she got official word that her 6-foot-4, 240-pound son was dead.

    Officials said Williams, 31, died in a dawn ambush March 23 on the outskirts of Nasiriyah, an embattled town on the Euphrates River. His body was recovered March 28.

    “Mike is with his Lord and in a much better place,” his mother, Sandy Watson of Peoria, Ariz., told The Arizona Republic.

    Williams had a successful flooring business in his hometown of Phoenix when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks spurred him to quit and join the Marines. He said he wanted to make a difference in the world. He had dropped out of Deer Valley High School in suburban Phoenix, then earned his diploma as an adult and gone on to Glendale Community College.

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    — USA Today, Associated Press


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    Marine Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan

    42, of Enfield, Conn.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in action near Nasiriyah, Iraq.


    His buddies called him “Gump.”

    Staff Sgt. Phillip Jordan was so nice to so many people that his pals couldn’t resist comparing him to the movie character, Forrest Gump. He was the kind of guy who really did help little old ladies across the street.

    “He was the nicest guy you could hope to meet. The nicest,” said his wife, Amanda Jordan, from her home in Enfield, Conn., near Hartford. “His entire life was his family and the Marines.”

    The Jordans marked their ninth wedding anniversary last Wednesday. Amanda Jordan said she last spoke to her husband 10 days ago in a phone call from Kuwait. He said he called because he knew that the onset of war would keep him from calling on the actual date.

    The Jordans have a 6-year-old son, Tyler. “He’s having a really tough time with this,” she said.


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    — USA Today, Associated Press


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    Marine 2nd Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr.

    31, of Tonopah, Nev.; assigned to the Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in action near Nasiriyah, Iraq.


    Frederick Pokorney Jr. started his career as an enlisted man. He ended it as an officer.
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    Marine Cpl. Randal Kent Rosacker

    21, of San Diego; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in action near Nasiriyah, Iraq.


    Rosacker was a talented high-school athlete who married his high school sweetheart and pursued his goals without fanfare.<snip -kr>
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    Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum

    22, of Thornton, Colo.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in action near Nasiriyah, Iraq.


    Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum was a troubled teenager when the Marines turned his life around.

    “He was gung-ho,” said Slocum’s stepfather, Stanley Cooper. “Once he got in the Marines, he was in it all the way. He didn’t do anything halfway.

    “He enjoyed being in the Marines. He believed in what he was doing over there, and we supported him 100 percent,” said his stepfather, Stanley Cooper.

    “He believed the war was necessary, and that’s the same way we felt,” Cooper said. “We’re very, very proud of him.”

    A Navy veteran, Cooper suggested his stepson join the military. Slocum hadn’t been a good student before signing up, but his grades improved and he made the honor roll before graduating from Skyview High School in 1998, Cooper said.


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    Army Sgt. Donald Ralph Walters

    33, of Salem, Ore.; assigned to the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; captured by Iraqi fighters in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq, and later executed. At the time, the Defense Department said Walters was killed in the ambush. Officials revised that statement on May 27, 2004.



    Army awards Silver Star to slain soldier from Fort Bliss

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    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A year after he was buried, the Army honored Sgt. Donald Walters on Monday with the Silver Star for the actions in Iraq that cost him his life.

    Walters, 33, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., received the commendation posthumously during a ceremony at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, where he is buried. Walters was a member of the 507th Maintenance Company from Fort Bliss, Texas, that was ambushed in southern Iraq on March 23, 2003.
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    Army Sgt. George Edward Buggs

    31, of Barnwell, S.C.; assigned to 3rd Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; killed after his convoy was ambushed in Iraq.


    George Buggs, 83, of Barnwell, S.C., was speaking of the grandson he raised — and will now bury. But in a way, he was speaking for all those who have lost family members to the war.

    “We hate very much to know this,” he said. “We wish it would never have happened.”

    His grandson, George Buggs, 31, graduated in 1990 from Barnwell High School. The principal, Phil Flynn, said he was someone “who basically went about his business of being a good citizen.”

    Flynn said 28 graduates of the high school are serving in this war. Now one of them has died.

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    — USA Today and The Associated Press

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    Army Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy

    38, of Cleveland; assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; killed in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq.


    Robert Dowdy at age 38 was an old-timer to many of his soldiers. The master sergeant had a teenage daughter in Louisiana and was two years shy of retirement.

    But he could run circles around most of the youngsters in his outfit.

    An avid distance runner, Dowdy kept in top shape. Last year, he ran a 10K race in 41 minutes, 21 seconds. “He would come across the line with very high spirits,” said Chris Rowley, a competitor in local races.

    Dowdy’s home was in DeRidder, La., with his wife, Cathy, and their daughter. His parents live in Cleveland.

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    — USA Today and The Associated Press

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    Army Pvt. 2 Ruben Estrella-Soto

    18, of El Paso, Texas; assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; killed in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq.



    Relatives remember slain soldier’s birthday

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    EL PASO, Texas — Outside Army Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto’s room, family members held a small cake, sadly singing “Las Mananitas,” the traditional Mexican birthday song.

    “There was such an emptiness,” Estrella-Soto’s father, Ruben Estrella, said Thursday. “He’s 20 today. He’s left a void.”

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    Army Spc. James M. Kiehl

    22, of Comfort, Texas; assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; killed in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq.


    James Kiehl always told his wife to “just think the best.” Jill Kiehl, 20, said he was a natural optimist.

    They were an odd couple. She: short, serious and a natural pessimist. He: tall, “goofy” and a sunny outlook.

    They met in the military and were married barely more than a year. Their first child is due this month. She’s staying with her parents in Des Moines.

    Kiehl’s parents in Comfort, Texas, had taken heart from a phone call from a friend of their son, who told them Kiehl had been baptized in Qatar before heading to the battlefield.

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    — USA Today and The Associated Press

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    Marine Cpl. Patrick R. Nixon

    21, of Nashville, Tenn.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in action March 23 near Nasiriyah, Iraq.



    Marine’s family proud son will be buried in Arlington

    Michael Cass
    The Tennessean

    Marine Cpl. Patrick Nixon will be buried alongside thousands of other fallen Marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen and others at Arlington National Cemetery.

    “To know a loved one will actually be buried along with all those people who have served this country, it’s an incredible thing,” said his father, David Nixon. “We would quite frankly love to be anonymous again and for Patrick to be walking in the door. But that’s not going to happen. But we’re very proud for this honor to be bestowed on our son.”

    Patrick Nixon, 21, of Gallatin, Tenn., died after his unit was ambushed March 23 in Nasiriyah, Iraq, where Marines were trying to secure a bridge.
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    Army Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata

    35, of Pecos, Texas; assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; killed in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq.


    The family of Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, of Amarillo, Texas, has guarded its privacy since the Army chief warrant officer was first listed as missing in action.

    A cousin of Mata, who has served as a spokesman for the family, said he was married and has a teenage son and a young daughter. “We share the pain with other families that have lost a loved one,” Javier Contreras said. “He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.”

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    — USA Today and The Associated Press

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    Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa

    23, of Tuba City, Ariz.; assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; killed in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq.


    Pfc. Lori Piestewa was the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and the granddaughter of a World War I veteran. She was a source of pride for Tuba City, Ariz., a town of 8,200 people on the Navajo Reservation but close to Hopi land.

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    Army Spc. Jamaal R. Addison

    22, of Roswell, Ga.; assigned to the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; killed in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq.


    Army Spc. Jamaal R. Addison was described by his step-grandmother as the family’s computer guru.

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    He was deployed to Iraq just after his wedding. He and his wife, Tek’la, had a 2-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.


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    — Associated Press


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    Army Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert

    27, of Easton, Pa.; assigned to the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed in a grenade attack near the Iraq-Kuwait border.



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