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Lance Cpl. Michael L. Starr

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Age:   21
Hometown: Edgemere, MD
Date of Death: 1/26/2005
Incident Location: Near Rutbah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division
Unit's Base: Marine Corps Base, Hawaii

Michael L. Starr Jr. was so motivated by the prospect of joining the Marines that he became an honor student his senior year in high school. Robin Starr said her son's enthusiasm did not stop there, either: "He had a lot of friends, a lot of friends, and he recruited a lot of friends into the Marines," she said. Starr, 21, of Edgemere, Md., was killed in the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that left 31 dead. He was stationed at Kaneohe Bay base in Hawaii. Starr told his family he hoped to transfer out of Iraq and use his four years of military experience in a career as a Baltimore police officer. Starr became homesick, but never complained about conditions in Iraq, his mother said. "He was very proud of what he did, and he was very comforted in the fact that he thought he was protecting his family," she said. In an e-mail to his mother, Starr wrote that he was "content knowing I fought house to house like the Marines in Hue City in Vietnam. ... And I'm a huge part of American history now." Starr is also survived by his father, Michael Starr Sr.
Source: Associated Press
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