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Age:   24
Hometown: Germantown, TN
Date of Death: 9/16/2004
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: 1st Lt.
Unit: 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
Unit's Base: Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Andrew Stern loved life at a fast pace and was looking forward to seeing it on the back of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he returned from Iraq in a month, his family said. Stern, 24, from Germantown, Tenn., was killed in an attack on Sept. 16 in Anbar province. He was based in Twentynine Palms. "He was rambunctious from the get-go," said Stern''s father, Richard Stern. "But he became as good a son as there could be. He became my best friend." Stern grew up in suburban Chicago and moved to Tennessee when his father was transferred for a job in 1997. Stern''s red Toyota Tacoma pickup was his pride, but a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on order was what he was looking forward to, his family said. "He always wanted to be a Marine," said Lisa Parker, whose son, Jeff, roomed with Stern at the University of Tennessee. "He was just an awesome kid. I was honored to know him." He is survived by his parents, Eileen and Richard Stern.
Source: Associated Press
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