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Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez View/Sign Guest Book
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Age:   28
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Date of Death: 3/21/2003
Incident Location: Southern Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Unit's Base: Camp Pendleton, CA

Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez was an orphan who grew up on the steets of war-torn Guatemala. As a youth, he traveled to the United States by train, foot and bus, seeking a new life. Gutierrez made it to Hollywood, Calif., where he found a temporary shelter at a homeless center. Social workers eventually placed him with foster parents, Nora and Marcelo Mosquera. He learned English, looked after the younger foster children, and enjoyed soccer and chess, according to the family. "He was just a good kid," recalled Robert Nobles, a teacher at North High in Torrance, Calif., where Gutierrez graduated in 2000. Partly to repay the United States, he became an infantry rifleman based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. "For him it was a question of honor," said his foster brother Max Mosquera. Gutierrez, 28, of Los Angeles, died March 21 in combat. He was awarded U.S. citizenship after his death.
Source: Associated Press
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