November 11
2004



Cpl. Peter J. Giannopoulos II, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 12 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Cpl. Peter J. Giannopoulos, 22, of Inverness, Ill., died Nov. 11 as a result of enemy action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Corps Reserve’s 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Chicago, Ill.

Cpl. Theodore A. Bowling, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 12, the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Cpl. Theodore A. Bowling, 25, of Casselberry, Fla., died Nov. 11 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Staff Sgt. Theodore S. Holder II, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 12, the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Theodore S. Holder II, 27, of Littleton, Colo., died Nov. 11 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. 

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Marine Staff Sgt. Theodore S. Holder II

Hometown: Jefferson County

Unit: 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division

Died: Nov. 11, 2005, in a gunbattle in Fallujah

Age: 27

As the United States celebrated Veterans Day 2004 with parades and sales at shopping malls, Staff Sgt. Theodore "Sam" Holder was thousands of miles away, in the midst of a fierce firefight in Fallujah, proving what the day really meant.

He had grown up an accident-prone, somewhat scrawny youngster in Littleton - a kid who couldn't beat his older sister in a wrestling match. The Green Mountain High School graduate eventually grew into a tough but friendly Marine who was an expert at tae kwon do but found just as much pleasure playing with his infant niece.

He soon served as a member of the Embassy Guard, with tours in Trinidad, Cyprus and the Czech Republic, where he met his fianceé. Among his duties, he protected such dignitaries as former Secretary of State Colin Powell and other world leaders.

More impressive than any of those names, his superiors said, was how he died protecting Marines that nobody knew.

According to his superiors, Holder was killed in action while providing machine gun cover for an injured Marine whose ambulance had come under fire, along with one of his own men who was also injured trying to save the wounded Marine.

Even after being seriously wounded, he continued to fight until he was killed in action . . . on Veterans Day.



2nd Lt. James P. Blecksmith, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 13, the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

2nd Lt. James P. Blecksmith, 24, of San Marino, Calif., died Nov. 11 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.  Blecksmith was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. 


Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Burns, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 13, the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Burns, 20, of Laramie, Wyo. died Nov. 11 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.  Burns was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. 

Lance Cpl. Justin D. Reppuhn, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on November 12, the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Justin D. Reppuhn, 20, of Hemlock, Mich., died Nov. 11 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.  He was assigned to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.



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