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Age:   25
Hometown: Rockport, TX
Date of Death: 10/14/2006
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Unit's Base: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Jonathan J. Simpson was born in Canada, but all he wanted to do was be a Marine. "You had to have citizenship to join the service back then," said his father, Frank. "He got his citizenship on the Fourth of July weekend in 2000, and it wasn''t long before he joined the Marines." Simpson, 25, who grew up in Quebec with his mother and lately lived in Rockport, Texas, was killed Oct. 14 in a shoot-out in Anbar province. He was assigned to Camp Pendleton. "He loved Padre Island and surfing," his father said. "He was a good kid. He went for one year to Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. He made the dean''s list." Simpson''s cousin, Abraham Simpson, was killed in 2004 in Fallujah. Photos of the two men in full dress uniform are displayed side-by-side at the Rockport Wal-Mart with other local military personnel. "He lived life to the fullest," said Sgt. Graham Deniston. "He lived it like he wasn''t going to be around tomorrow. I was always talking about the future, telling him to think about what''s down the road but he knew he had to do what''s right and enjoy life. And he did." He also is survived by his mother, Johanne Paquette.
Source: Associated Press
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