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Marine Cpl. Douglas Marenco Reyes

Died May 18, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

28, of Chino, Calif.; assigned to Light Armored Vehicle-Air Defense Battery, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed when the transport truck in which he was riding rolled over near Samawah, Iraq.

Rep. Miller expresses sorrow for fallen Marine

Congressman Gary Miller of California made the following statement May 21 regarding the death of Chino resident Marine Cpl. Douglas J. Marenco Reyes:

“It is with a heavy heart to learn of the passing of Corporal Douglas J. Marenco Reyes who was killed while protecting our nation from the evildoers who wish harm upon us. As a true patriot, Corporal Marenco Reyes protected Americans on the battlefield far away in order to give us security here at home. And although he may have been taken early from this life, those who knew him will know he was a hero to his family and community, and now a hero to his country.

“The void Corporal Marenco Reyes has left in this community is vast. Words and medals cannot make up for his absence. But in his death, he has come to symbolize all that we love in America . Those with whom we have reluctantly taken up arms against hate America because of its ideals of democracy, economic prosperity, diversity and freedom. Corporal Marenco Reyes embodied these ideals in his work and his life.

“We may not know the details of Corporal Marenco Reyes’ final moments, but we know what his death has done for our country. From his sacrifice, we are stronger, more determined, and more united. With American courage, like that displayed by Corporal Marenco Reyes, we will win our war against those who terrorize our nation. And for this we are tremendously grateful to him. For a man who loved his country, his death will bring Americans closer together and make us all safer.

“Corporal Marenco Reyes has the admiration and thanks of an entire nation. His family can be assured that this nation will never forget the values he died for. Our country has come together. And we must now come together to tell his family they are not alone. America stands with them–– now in their hour of grief, and in the days and years to come.”

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