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Lance Cpl. Justin D. McLeese View/Sign Guest Book
Lance Cpl. Justin D. McLeese

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Age:   19
Hometown: Covington, LA
Date of Death: 11/13/2004
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Unit's Base: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Justin D. McLeese was the kind of guy who hauled friends'' cars out of ditches, helped get their keys out of locked cars and drove them home if they got drunk. The last time I talked to him, he told me to take care of myself. ... There he was, getting ready to go into Fallujah, and he was more worried about me than he was himself," said his sister, Tara. McLeese, 19, of Covington, La., was killed Nov. 13 when he walked into a booby-trapped building in Fallujah. He was based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Childhood friend and fellow Marine Pfc. Phil Demaire IV said that when they decided to join up together, McLeese wanted to serve in what he believed was the best branch of the military _ the Marine Corps. "When he put this uniform on, it meant the world to him," Demaire said, "He''d stand 10 inches taller, it seemed like, when he wore the uniform." An All-District football player in high school, McLeese could have played college football. He joined the Marine Corps instead because of his respect for the Corps and because he wanted to be "someone special," his sister said. Survivors include his parents, Daniel and Sharon McLeese.
Source: Associated Press
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