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Age:   21
Hometown: Bel Air, MD
Date of Death: 11/14/2004
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Cpl.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Unit's Base: Camp Pendleton, Calif.

As a child, Dale Burger Jr. played dress-up in his father''s Marine uniform. "Ever since he was 6 years old, he wanted to be a Marine," said his mother, Martina Burger. Burger, 21, of Bel Air, Md., died Nov. 14 while fighting for the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah. He was based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He joined the Marines at age 17 and was two weeks from returning home from Iraq. He had been wounded about a week before, taking shrapnel in his arm, but called his mother to say he was headed back into battle. "It was important to him to go back to his men," Martina Burger said. She said her son was planning to leave the Marines to become a Maryland state trooper. But he told his mother in June, at his father''s funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, that if anything happened to him he wanted to be buried near his dad. His mother has been assured he''ll get his wish.
Source: Associated Press
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