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Age:   19
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Date of Death: 1/17/2005
Incident Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Camp Casey, South Korea

Jesus Fonseca's father feared for his safety and did not want him to join the Army. But the teenager could not be deterred. "He wanted to be somebody. That's what motivated him," said his father, who is also named Jesus. "He didn't make it. But he tried." Fonseca, 19, of Marietta, Ga., was killed Jan. 17 in a car bomb exploded in Ramadi. He was stationed at Camp Casey, South Korea. Fonseca emigrated from Mexico with his family when he was a young boy, in 1980. High school English teacher Sheila Evans said Fonseca often helped classmates who were struggling with the language. She recalled one phrase in a class paper he wrote about patriotism: "I think the best way I can love my new country is to serve my new country." The soldier was married in December 2003, the same year he graduated from high school. His wife, Marlen, lives in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Fonseca had been in Iraq for seven months and was scheduled for leave in January, but it was canceled.
Source: Associated Press
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