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Marine Cpl. Jeffrey D. Lawrence

Died July 6, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Tucson, Ariz.; assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 6 from enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.

The question wasn't what Jeffrey D. Lawrence did. It was what he didn't do. "He did some modeling. He tried out for commercials. He was in a lot of plays at Palo Verde. He liked bull riding. He liked all sports. He was very involved," said his mother, Pataki Lawrence. Jeffrey Lawrence, 22, of Tucson, Ariz., died July 6 when his armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive outside Fallujah, Iraq. He had been stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. His family learned of the news just as they prepared to celebrate the birth of his first child. The baby, a girl, was named Cadence Freedom. "He had the biggest heart of anybody I had ever known. He was a good brother, a good friend, a good son, good husband and I know he would have been a good daddy," said his mother. "This wasn't supposed to happen." Lawrence also is survived by his wife, Celeste, and father, Daniel.

— Associated Press

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