Cpl. Christopher Degiovine

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Peter Gustafson, who taught Christopher Degiovine in sixth grade and kept up a friendship for more than two decades, admired the young man. "He got along with everybody. He was one of those eighth graders who danced with the sixth graders at the dance. I keep picturing him as a 3-year-old playing on the hill with my son," said Gustafson. Degiovine, 25, of Lone Tree, Colo., was killed April 26 in combat in Anbar province. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune. "He had a great sense of humor; never, ever lost his temper with anybody," said his father, Ray Degiovine. "He also was a top marksman in boot camp." He majored in criminal justice at Champlain College, where he graduated in 2005. He aspired to a career in law enforcement, and did bicycle patrols for the Essex Police Department for two summers while in college. "He was extremely mature for his age," said Joe Gonillo, who coached DeGiovine on an unbeaten junior varsity soccer team. "He had a plan, knew what he wanted." He also is survived by his wife, Rachel.
Published online on Apr. 28, 2007
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