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Age:   19
Hometown: Northglenn, CO
Date of Death: 10/30/2004
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division
Unit's Base: Marine Corps Base, Hawaii

As children, Andrew Riedel and his sister spray-painted the family dog blue and giggled about locking their grandmother out of the house _ until she threatened to tell their father. Riedel, a motivated young man with a ready smile, had grown up a lot after he became a Marine and told his mother in one of his last letters home that he had begun to accept God. The 19-year-old from Northglenn, Colo., was killed Oct. 30 in a car bomb attack in Anbar province, Iraq. He was stationed at Marine Corps Base, Hawaii. Riedel graduated from high school in 2003 and hoped to follow his stepbrother, Russ Montanio, into the Jefferson County Sheriff''s Department. At his funeral, Montanio tearfully pulled his sheriff''s deputy badge from his uniform and placed it atop the flag-draped coffin. "Since you''ve never received a deputy''s badge of your own, you can have mine," Montanio said, his voice breaking.
Source: Associated Press
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