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Army Pfc. Jesus Fonseca Jr.

Died January 17, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

19, of Marietta, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea; killed Jan. 17 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his position in Ramadi, Iraq.

Soldier from Georgia dies in Iraq

Associated Press

MARIETTA, Ga. — An Army private from Georgia was killed Monday in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Jesus Fonseca Jr., 19, of Marietta was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division based at Camp Casey, South Korea. He died in a car bombing with two other soldiers.

His parents, Jesus and Gloria Fonseca, told WAGA-TV in Atlanta that their son graduated from Sprayberry High School and had been in the United States for 10 years. They said they would like to bring his body from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Georgia, then bury him in Mexico in accordance with his wishes.

As of Thursday, 1,368 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

At least 25 were from Georgia, and many others were based at military installations throughout the state.

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