Marine Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy was a Marine through and through, thrilled to be helping liberate Iraq.
"Our son and brother proudly volunteered to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps," said his father, Mark D. Kennedy. "He gave his life in an effort to contribute to the freedom of the Iraqi people."
Kennedy, 25, of Houston, died March 21 in a helicopter crash in Kuwait, near the Iraq border.
Kennedy graduated from high school in 1995 in Glenview, Ill., then attended Purdue University before transferring to Texas Tech University in 1998. He enlisted in 1999.