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Lance Cpl. Taylor B. Prazynski View/Sign Guest Book
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Age:   20
Hometown: Fairfield, OH
Date of Death: 5/9/2005
Incident Location: Karmah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division
Unit's Base: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

As a high school student, Taylor Prazynski helped students with disabilities and planned to one day teach disabled students. Prazynski, 20, of Fairfield, Ohio, died in a hospital from injuries he received in an explosion May 9. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune. "My son is a hero, not just because he died, but because he was there in support of what he believed," said Prazynski's father, John. During his senior year in high school in his hometown in southwest Ohio, Prazynski began helping students with disabilities. Friends said he joined the Marines in part to earn money for college so he could become a special-education teacher. "He helped kids, but he also wanted to help society," said Gary Staggs, an aide in a class for disabled students. "He wanted to make a difference in Iraq." Prazynski also played football for the high school team. "When you're a coach and want to develop a team, you want kids like him," said head coach Scott Datillo. John Prazynski said when he last talked to his son, "He was his jovial self. He was loved by many. He will be missed by many. He was a gift from God."
Source: Associated Press
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