On the day before he died, Shane C. Swanberg sent an e-mail to his mother. "I will start my first mission tomorrow," he wrote. "Mom, I love you very much."
Swanberg, 24, of Kirkland, Wash., was killed Sept. 15 in an explosion in Ramadi. He was based at Twentynine Palms and had been in Iraq less than 10 days.
"We will forever miss his vibrant smile, unpredictable wit and how very much he cared for us and held us close," said Swanberg's mother, Linda. "We are so proud of him, our Marine, but mostly, that he was our precious Shane."
Redmond Fire Lt. Tom Langton, a family spokesman, said Swanberg loved sports, especially racquetball and soccer, and played golf often with his dad. He told his family he dreamed of one day living by a beach.
Swanberg wanted to go to college and go into real estate, and was always reading real-estate books, added his father, Brian. He graduated from high school in 2000.
He joined the Marine Corps in 2002 and was eager to get there this past Labor Day, telling his mother, "Mom, I need to get over and help my buddies."