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Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez
Died June 21, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
22, of Whitfield, Ga.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed June 21 by hostile fire in Anbar province, Iraq.
Georgia Marine killed in Iraq ambush
DALTON, Ga. — A 22-year-old Georgia man was among four Marines killed Monday in Iraq during fighting in Anbar province.
Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez, of Dalton, was killed in an ambush in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. The Pentagon officially announced his death on Thursday.
About 80 people attended a memorial service for Lopez on Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dalton.
“He was a good boy, always smiling,” said Alan Long, principal of Southeast Whitfield High School, where Lopez was a student and member of the soccer team. “He was one of those guys who did what he was supposed to do. I never knew what kind of Marine he was, but I’m sure he was a good one.”
Family members said it was unclear whether Lopez’s remains will be returned to Dalton or to Mexico, where his wife, mother and sisters live.
Lopez was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.