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Age:   26
Hometown: Toronto, OH
Date of Death: 8/1/2005
Incident Location: Haditha, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine
Unit's Base: Brook Park, Ohio

Nathaniel Rock knew it wasn't easy for his parents to see reports of violence in Iraq. "I'm sorry I'm putting you through this," he wrote in a Mother's Day card. "But I couldn't sit on the sidelines and watch Marines being hurt on TV." Rock, 26, of Toronto, Ohio, died Aug. 1 of small- arms fire. He was assigned to Brook Park. "It is some comfort to us that we know he was doing what he wanted, what he loved to do," said his father, Tim Rock. As a part-time police officer after graduating high school in 1997, Rock had great potential, said Barry Carpenter, police chief in Martins Ferry. Rock joined the police department across the river from Wheeling, W.Va., about a year ago and planned to continue as a full-time officer when he returned from Iraq. "I always saved a spot for him," said Carpenter. Mahoning County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Schoolcraft met Rock while attending the police academy. Rock had been one of the stellar students and was always willing to help others. "He always gave 410 percent," he said. Rock also is survived by his mother, Adriana.
Source: Associated Press
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