September 20
2004



Sgt. Foster L. Harrington, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on September 22 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. Foster L. Harrington, 31, of Ft. Worth, Texas, died Sept. 20 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Harrington was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve’s 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, 4th Marine Division, Mobile, Ala.

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Associated Press -- MOBILE, Ala. Friends say a Marine from Texas was more worried about his girlfriend being in Mobile when Hurricane Ivan approached -- than the dangers he faced in Iraq. Sergeant Foster Harrington of Fort Worth was dispatched to Iraq about six weeks ago. The Department of Defense announced Harrington died Monday in Al Anbar Province, where he was fatally shot in combat. His girlfriend, Fran Poston, says Harrington helped anybody and everybody he could. Harrington was 31 and was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve's Third Force Reconnaissance Company, Fourth Marine Division in Mobile. While stationed in Mobile, he served as an unpaid volunteer firefighter and medic for the Seven Hills community. Poston received her final phone call from Harrington on Sunday -- saying he was mailing her letters once per week. Harrington will be buried with full military honors early next week in Fort Worth, Texas. The Seven Hills Fire Department also plans to hold a memorial service.

Lance Cpl. Steven C. T. Cates, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on September 22 the death a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Steven C. T. Cates, 22, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., died Sept. 20 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Cates was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.



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