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Age:   23
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Date of Death: 10/9/2006
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expediti
Unit's Base: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

In a section of his MySpace.com page, Julian M. Arechaga listed his sister among his heroes. She, after all, helped turn his life around. Sheyla Randazzo took her brother out of one high school before his junior year, hoping he would fare better elsewhere, and made sure that he graduated. The change was quick. Arechaga joined the wrestling team and won medals. He even made the academic honor role. His former coach, Mike Janosko, described him as a model student. "He was one of those good, hard-working kids," Janosko said. "He came to school every day. He really cared a lot about wrestling and always went to practice. And he held a job and helped out his family. He was a kid with high character." Arechaga, 23, of Oceanside, N.Y., was killed Oct. 9 by a roadside bomb. He was a 2002 high school graduate and was assigned to Camp Lejeune. He was on his second mission in Iraq and had completed one in Afghanistan. He also is survived by his wife, Felicia. Randazzo's children, Alexandra, 5, and Ava, 1, were close to their uncle. "They used to bounce around, swim in the pool," said her husband, Russ. "They would do everything together."
Source: Associated Press
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