Remember
Purdue University

Cpl. Peter J. Giannopoulos Obituary


Peter Giannopoulos'' parents weren''t thrilled when he decided to risk his life for his country. As a varsity athlete and National Merit Scholarship finalist, he had a promising college career ahead of him. "He decided early in his senior year that he wanted to go into the Marines and that''s what he did," said his father, John. "We weren''t too happy about it, but we weren''t going to try and stop him." Giannopoulos, 22, of Inverness, Ill., was killed Nov. 11 in a hostile attack in Iraq''s Babil province. He was based in Chicago. A goal tender on his high school''s hockey team, Giannopoulos got his parents to sign a waiver so he could join the reserves at 17. He attended Purdue University and was planning to transfer to Northern Illinois University when his unit was activated in June. In a high school essay, he explained his motto _ "Live to win, dare to fail" _ and why he wanted to become a Marine. "The military would sharpen the virtues that cannot be taught in the classroom, like honor, commitment, courage, valor and camaraderie." He is survived by his parents.
Read Full Obituary for Peter J. Giannopoulos
Published online on January 28, 2005.

Guest Book Highlights

If you need help finding the right words, view our Suggested Entries
 

Other obituaries

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from November 19 to November 21, 2004
Cpl. Peter J. Giannopoulos of Inverness The family and friends of Cpl. Peter J. Giannopoulos, 22, are requested to please meet for funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Nectarios Greek... Read Obituary
Published in Chicago Sun-Times from November 19 to November 21, 2004
Giannopoulos, Cpl. Peter J. born September 1, 1982 in Skokie, Illinois, killed in action Thursday, November 11, 2004 in Lutifiyah, Iraq while serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps,... Read Obituary
Published in Chicago Tribune from November 19 to November 21, 2004
Cpl. Peter J. Giannopoulos, born Sept. 1, 1982 in Skokie, IL, killed in action Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 in Lutifiyah, Iraq while serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, Weapons Company, 2nd... Read Obituary
Published online on January 28, 2005.
Peter Giannopoulos'' parents weren''t thrilled when he decided to risk his life for his country. As a varsity athlete and National Merit Scholarship finalist, he had a promising college career ahead... Read Obituary

Search Memorials

- ADVERTISEMENT -

About This Site: Purdue University Memorials

The Purdue University Memorial Site includes obituaries and Guest Books from the Legacy.com network of newspaper and funeral home affiliates.

Inquire about establishing a customized memorial site for your college or university.

- ADVERTISEMENT -
- ADVERTISEMENT -