October 30
2004



Pfc. John Lukac, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 1 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pfc. John Lukac, 19, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Oct. 30, due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Lance Cpl. John T. Byrd, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 1 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. John T. Byrd II, of Fairview, W.V., died Oct 30, due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Byrd was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette -- During the brief time he served with the Marines in Iraq, Lance Cpl. John T. Byrd II hoped that the prayers offered by his family and friends would help him return safely home, said his mother, Nan. He told his wife, Jessica Marie, who is expecting their first child, that his mother "had half the country praying for me. So I should be O.K.," Nan Byrd recalled last night. "I saw him, in my mind, at home," she said. "I guess it was wishful thinking, because it sure didn't happen." Lance Cpl. Byrd, 23, of Fairview, W.Va., was among nine Marines killed by a car bomb west of Baghdad Saturday. Nine others were wounded. He had been in Iraq only about six weeks, said his father, John T. Byrd. He joined the Marines in January 2002 and had been stationed in Hawaii, his family said. He met his future wife there, and they were married Feb. 28, which also is his father's birthday.. The couple's first child, a son, is due in January, she said. She said her son, whom she called Tommy, was a serious, quiet person who "always took people as they came and treated them with respect." She also said that her son was always for the underdog and that he wanted to go to college once he returned home and "start a future for his family." "All he really wanted to do was come home and watch his baby grow," she said. A 1999 graduate of North Marion High School, he worked at a call center and a marketing firm and held other jobs before joining the Marines, his father said. When he joined, he was "adventurous and gung-ho," his mother said. "He wanted to be part of something that was the best." But his attitude changed, she said, after he met his wife and found they would become parents. Though he could not share details about his mission in Iraq, he recently had expressed concerns about his safety, his mother said. "He had told me several times, he was heading into a negative situation and he was concerned about his life. And then he lost his life." She said he told her, "I hope I make it home. I hope I have all my limbs. I hope I make you proud." "He's not coming home," the grieving mother said through her tears. "And I'm struggling really hard to understand it." Besides his parents and his wife, Lance Cpl. Byrd is survived by a sister, Holly, 17. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Sgt. Kelley L. Courtney, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 1 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. Kelley L. Courtney, 28, of Macon, Georgia, died Oct 30, due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Courtney was assigned to 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III MEF, Okinawa, Japan.


Pfc. Andrew G. Riedel, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on September 14 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pfc. Andrew G. Riedel, 20, of Northglenn, Colorado, died Oct. 30 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Byrd and Riedel were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Lance Cpl. Jeremy D. Bow, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 1, the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Bow, 20, of Lemoore, California, died October 30 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. They were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

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SignonSanDiego.com -- LEMOORE - A 20-year-old Lemoore soldier was among eight Marines killed in Iraq in the deadliest attack against the U.S. military in six months. Lance Cpl. Jeremy D. Bow died Saturday when a car bomb exploded next to a truck outside Fallujah in Iraq's Al Anbar province, the Pentagon said Monday. The attack came as U.S. forces prepared for a major assault on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah ahead of Iraqi elections due by Jan. 31. Bow belonged to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division of the Marine Expeditionary Force based in Hawaii . He is the first Kings County soldier, and the fifth from the San Joaquin Valley, to die in the Iraq war. "Everyone is just in shock," said family friend Shelly Fortner. "He was 20. Just a baby. Too young to die." After graduating from Lemoore High School in 2002, Bow joined the Marine in August 2003. He attended the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton during February 2004, where he trained to become a machine gunner, according to the Marines. "He was a great guy," said Pvt. Jeremy Betteridgeid, a Marine who said he had attended Lemoore High with Bow. "I'm going to miss him."

Lance Cpl. Michael P. Scarborough, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 1 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Michael P Scarborough, 28, of Washington, Georgia, died October 30, due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Lance Cpl. Travis A. Fox, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 1 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Travis A. Fox, 25, of Cowpens, S.C., died Oct 30, due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii


Cpl. Christopher J. Lapka, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 1 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Cpl. Christopher J. Lapka, 22, of Peoria, Ariz., died Oct 30, due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.


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