April 12
2004



Pvt. Noah Boye, USMC

Grand Island Independent -- A Marine Corps private from Nebraska has been killed in fighting near Fallujah in Iraq. The Pentagon said Pvt. Noah Boye, 21, of Grand Island died of wounds he suffered in a firefight Monday (Apr 12) A Marine Corps private from Nebraska has been killed in fighting near Fallujah in Iraq. The Pentagon said Pvt. Noah Boye, 21, of Grand Island died of wounds he suffered in a firefight Monday. A 2001 graduate of Grand Island High School, Boye was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. He served there for four months in 2003 as part of the first American forces in the region. After home leave he returned to Iraq in March. Boye’s mother, Diana Barela, lives in Grand Island. His father, Brett Boye, lives in Montana. "His loss has left a huge hole for all of us," his mother told the Grand Island Independent.“He was such a special man …. I didn’t get a lot of detail. They told me that he died a hero." One of Boye’s four brothers, Joseph, 23, served with the Army in Iraq last year, beginning with the American invasion. "With me and him both going through the invasion and everything, we both had been through it all," Joseph Boye told The Independent. "You figure if you can make it through a war, you can make it through about anything. Him going back didn't seem to be like a danger because of what we went through in March of last year. But it was more dangerous this time because you can't see where people are coming from. I was worried about him and everything, but I figured he would make it through all right." A 2001 graduate of Grand Island High School, Boye was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. He served there for four months in 2003 as part of the first American forces in the region. After home leave he returned to Iraq in March. Boye’s mother, Diana Barela, lives in Grand Island. His father, Brett Boye, lives in Montana. "His loss has left a huge hole for all of us," his mother told the Grand Island Independent.“He was such a special man …. I didn’t get a lot of detail. They told me that he died a hero." One of Boye’s four brothers, Joseph, 23, served with the Army in Iraq last year, beginning with the American invasion. "With me and him both going through the invasion and everything, we both had been through it all," Joseph Boye told The Independent. "You figure if you can make it through a war, you can make it through about anything. Him going back didn't seem to be like a danger because of what we went through in March of last year. But it was more dangerous this time because you can't see where people are coming from. I was worried about him and everything, but I figured he would make it through all right."

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Grand Island Independent -- U.S. Marine Pvt. Noah Boye was a guitarist and a singer who liked to make his friends laugh. One friend, fellow Marine Daniel Melgoza, lived in the barracks next door to Boye at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and recalled being able to hear Boye playing his guitar and singing at night. The young man laughed as he described other Marines yelling at Boye to be quiet. "He acted like he didn't hear them," Melgoza said. "Now when I go back to Camp Pendleton, there's something missing. There's a hole there. I'd give anything to have been (in Iraq). I should have been there." Melgoza's memories were included in a video shown at Boye's funeral Wednesday at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Island. Approximately 700 people gathered at the church to pay tribute to Boye, a 2001 Grand Island Senior High School graduate who was killed in action on April 13 while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. Boye was laid to rest with complete military honors, and his family was presented with his Purple Heart. "He touched a lot more people's lives then I thought one person could," Joseph Boye said after his brother's service. "The number of people here is awesome. There are people from all over Nebraska and from other states." The Rev. Curtis Holzworth thanked everyone who attended the funeral. "I know the family appreciates so much support," he said. "You've come to remember Noah and his life and the sacrifice he made for all of us. We are here today to honor his memory and the fact that he was willing to serve and die for our freedom and the freedom we all love."

Lance Cpl. Robert P. Zurheide Jr., USMC

Associated Press -- TUCSON, Arizona -- A 20-year-old Marine from Tucson was killed in hostile fire in Al Anbar Province in western Iraq, according to the Defense Department. Lance Cpl. Robert P. Zurheide Jr. died Monday. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division. Al Anbar Province is the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force's area of responsibility.

Arizona Daily Star -- Marine Lance Cpl. Robert P. Zurheide Jr., a Tucson native, was killed by hostile fire in Iraq Monday, less than a month before his wife was due to deliver their first child. Zurheide's wife, Elena, is set to deliver a boy, Robert Paul Zurheide III, in early May, said Barbara Pritchett, who had been a foster mother of Elena's and considers the woman a niece. The 20-year-old Marine is one of six service members with ties to Southern Arizona who have died in accidents or from hostile action in Iraq during the war. Zurheide, a rifleman with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed in Al Anbar province, according to officials at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego, where Zurheide was based. He was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. A 2001 Desert View High School graduate, Zurheide joined the Marine Corps on Oct. 9, 2001. He has received several awards, including the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Zurheide was deployed for his second tour on March 1, just before his second wedding anniversary, and was set to return in October, Pritchett said. Chief Master Sgt. Armando Liendo of the Air Force junior ROTC at Desert View said he had known Zurheide since his first year in high school. "From the start, he knew where he wanted to go. His intent all along was to be a Marine," Liendo said. Zurheide's father is a former Marine, and one of Robert Jr.'s two younger brothers also joined the Marines, Liendo said. Zurheide "was always a quiet young man," Liendo said. "He wasn't doing it to get noticed; he was doing it to do it. He was very attentive and structured in everything he did." Liendo recalled a time when Zurheide came by in his Marine uniform after graduating. "He was proud, as all young Marines are. He did well and was very proud of that. "I grew up in the Vietnam era, and we were used to hearing young people killed in the war," Liendo continued. "It's ironic - you go through that and then teach in a high school and hear about young guys killed in action. It's sad, but that's what he wanted to do. It's life." Zurheide and his wife met as eighth-graders at Chaparral Middle School and dated throughout their time at Desert View High. They married on March 30, 2002. "He was always shy and polite," Pritchett said. "He loved animals, and he loved Elena." Dianne Purcell, who was Elena Zurheide's leader in 4-H, said she threw a baby shower on April 3, and the couple were excited about having a son. "Robert was really looking forward to the baby," she said. "He was so excited. Almost from the time they were married, they wanted a baby." Although she didn't know Zurheide well, she remembers him as a great husband and a polite young man. "He was a real sweet guy, quiet, a real gentleman," Purcell said. Zurheide last spoke with his wife on Friday, and she started to worry when she didn't hear from him again, she said. "I don't know how you face something like this and survive. It's just real hard," Purcell said. The Zurheide family declined to comment when approached at its South Side home Wednesday.



Lance Cpl. Brad S. Shuder, USMC

A 21-year-old Marine from El Dorado, California was killed in hostile fire in Al Anbar Province in western Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division. Al Anbar Province is the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force's area of responsibility.

News10 -- The foothill community of El Dorado Hills is mourning the loss of one of their own. Marine Lance Corporal Brad Shuder is the latest soldier from Northern California to die in combat. The 21-year-old Shuder was attempting to rescue the crew of a downed U.S. helicopter when he was ambushed and killed. He was two weeks into his second tour of duty in Iraq. According to his father, Shuder had a premonition during his most recent visit home. "He said 'I don't think I'm coming back dad,'" recalled Glenn Shuder. "He already sort of knew he wasn't coming back, and so we said goodbye to him on President's Day." Despite his foreboding, Shuder felt the call to duty. "He felt it was his duty serve this country and he felt that every American should serve," said his father. On Tuesday, Glenn Shuder experienced the nightmare of every soldier's parent. "As soon as I saw the two Marine Corp personnel I knew that was it for him," he said. "They said he got killed in action by enemy fire on April 12." Shuder was highly regarded in his community, and is remembered as a warm and friendly individual. "He loved everybody and everybody loved him," said Tracy Lumley, a friend. "He's definitely going to be missed, not only by people here in town but friends in San Diego." Signs of the community's grief are very much in evidence in El Dorado Hills, as friends and neighbors struggle to cope with the loss of the young man. The sign in front of a fire station reads "Some gave all...USMC Lance Cpl. Brad Shuder Killed in Action April 12, 2004" Glenn Shuder says the best thing anyone can do is offer their support to those still fighting in the Middle East. "Help support the personnel that are in harm's way," he said. "We need to send letters off and show that we support them, no matter what." Shuder's family is waiting for his body to be returned so they can make funeral arrangements.


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