U.S. Soldiers Who Died in Iraq

A Growing List

Marine Staff Sgt. Kendall Watersbey, 29, of Baltimore, Maryland. Lived in California with wife, was father of a ten-year-old, a specialist in helicopter maintenance. Father held up a photo to news cameras, angrily telling Bush to "get a good look" at his only son.

Marine Cpl. Brian Kennedy, 25, of Texas. Played lacrosse at Texas Tech. Left School in '99 to sign up with Marines for a five-year term.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 22. Los Angeles resident who came to U.S. as an orphan from Guatemala. Had been homeless since he was eight. Met social worker and came to U.S., where he lived with foster family. Learned English, enjoyed soccer and playing chess. He was so thankful for his new life in America that according to his foster brother, "He joined the marines to pay back a little of what he'd gotten from the U.S. For him it was a question of honor."

Marine 2nd Lt. Therrel Childers, 30, of Harrison County, Mississippi. Born in West Virginia, went to high school in Harrison County. Came from military family. Joined the Marines in 1990 "a week before Hussein invaded Kuwait," his father said.

Sgt. Michael Bitz, 31, of Ventura, California. High school grad, father of four, including twins born one month ago. Killed in ambush. Mother urged him to quit being a drifter and join Marines.

Marine Lance Cpl. David Fribley, of Fort Myers, Florida. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, wanted nothing more than to become a marine. Exercised daily, working out at a gym in Florida until he thought he was strong and fit. Then he enlisted in the Marines, leaving his job working with seniors, so that he might one day fight on the front lines.

Marine Cpl. Jose Garibay, 21, of Orange County, California. Mexican, not an American citizen. Mom speaks little English. Wanted to become an American citizen. Sent money home to his mother.

Marine Cpl. Jorge Gonzalez, 20, of Los Angeles. Mother learned of his death watching Al Jazeera broadcast over telemundo. Neighbors trying to help family.

Marine 2nd Lt. Frederick Pokorney, Jr., 31, of Nye, Nevada. Worked as waiter, dishwasher, and cook at a hotel when in high school. Attended college because he had been recommended for officer's training.

Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas Slocum, 22, of Thornton, Colorado. Troubled teenager before marines turned his life around, according to the AP.

Army Cpt. Christopher S. Seifert, 27, of Williams Township, Pennsylvania. Attended local high school and college, then went into boot camp. Spent time in Bosnia. Married.

Marine Sgt. Michael V. Lalush, 23, of Troutville, Virginia. Enlisted following high school in Virginia. Wanted to be a marine, but was more into the gadgetry of the military than fighting.

Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O'Day, 20, of Sonoma, California. Graduate of a Santa Rosa high school, told family he wanted to join military and they thought it would be a good career move.

Marine Pfc. Francisco Martinez Flores, 21, of Los Angeles. Moved to California from Mexico at an early age. Joined marines to help him reach his goal of getting a college education.

Marine Cpt. Aaron J. Contreras, 31, of Sherwood, Oregon. Attended high school in Sherwood and then Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona before joining the marines. Father a Vietnam veteran.

Marine Cpl. Robert M. Rodriguez, 21, of Queens, New York. From a large Puerto Rican Queens family, joined Marines when he was 17 and was considering a career in law enforcement.


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