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Lance Cpl. Ryan J. Cantafio View/Sign Guest Book
Lance Cpl. Ryan J. Cantafio

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Age:   22
Hometown: Beaver Dam, WI
Date of Death: 11/25/2004
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division
Unit's Base: Chicago, Ill.

Ryan J. Cantafio understood the dangers of serving in Iraq. Two close friends had already died there. The week before his death, he e-mailed his family and said he'd had a close call. "The last we heard he was up for a Purple Heart because his troops had been ambushed and he had to shoot four Iraqis but he saved his troops," said his stepmother, Bobbie Jo Cantafio. The 22-year-old Marine reservist from Beaver Dam, Wis., was killed on Thanksgiving by a roadside bomb in Iraq's Anbar province. He was based in Chicago and is survived by his wife, Amanda. The Marine, who loved golf, had many friends and a dry sense of humor, his grandmother recalled. "He was also very caring, especially with older people," Rose Cantafio said. Eloise Cantafio agreed, calling her great-nephew a "good boy." "He was very dedicated to what he was doing," she said.
Source: Associated Press
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