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Age:   28
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Date of Death: 5/10/2006
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary
Unit's Base: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Sgt. Alessandro Carbonaro, who died Wednesday from injuries received while fighting in Iraq, made a great impression on all who met him and was an extremely honest and dedicated man, his father said Thursday.
"I never saw him so dedicated" after joining the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Fulvio Carbonaro said of his son. Carbonaro, 28, of Bethesda, died of injuries he sustained May 1 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province of Iraq, the Defense Department said. An IED exploded near a Humvee he was driving, Fulvio Carbonaro said Thursday by phone from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where Fulvio and Gilda Carbonaro went to see their son after he was wounded. Alessandro Carbonaro graduated from Sandy Spring High School in 1997. He enjoyed ice hockey and playing music. He and several friends were in a band that played local shows before he deployed.
He joined the Marines in 1998.
This was Carbonaro's second tour of duty in Iraq. On his first tour, he was hurt in Fallujah and received a Purple Heart. He returned to Iraq in March.
His family said the Marine was totally committed to serving his country and the war effort.
"He only had his job to do and that's all that really mattered," his father said.
Fulvio Carbonaro said doctors at the hospital were deeply moved by his son and are planting a tree in a park near the hospital in his memory.
Through tears, Fulvio said, "Regardless of how people feel, everybody is totally dedicated ... to the people in uniform who sacrifice themselves."
Alessandro Carbonaro is also survived by his wife, who is also named Gilda.


Alessandro Carbonaro joined the Marines in 1998. Four years later, while home on holiday, he met his wife-to-be, Gilda, through friends of his parents. "Love at first sight," a family member said.
Gilda was then a student at George Washington University. Her first name is the same as Carbonaro's mother's.
Carbonaro, 28, of Bethesda, Md., died May 10 at a Germany hospital from wounds received May 1 when his Humvee hit a roadside bomb. He suffered burns over 60 percent of his body.
In 2004, Carbonaro took part in the assault on Fallujah, suffering a foot injury from an explosive device. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune and was on his second tour.
Carbonaro, who as a boy hated seeing other children picked on, graduated from high school in 1997. He enjoyed ice hockey and playing music. In his spare time, he and his buddies played in a basement rock band, with Carbonaro on guitar.
When he died, four people _ his father, his mother, his wife and his mother-in-law _ were at his side. "We held him in our arms until he exhaled his last breath," said his father, Fulvio Carbonaro.

Source: Associated Press
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