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Marine Lance Cpl. Dimitrios Gavriel

Died November 19, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

29, of New York City; assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed Nov. 19 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.

New Englander killed in Iraq

Associated Press

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A Marine with New England roots was killed last week in Iraq, military officials announced Monday.

Lance Cpl. Dimitrios Gavriel, 29, was a wrestling champion and honors student who graduated from Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, N.H., in 1993. His family now lives in Haverhill, Mass.

Gavriel was based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and was killed Friday in intense fighting outside Fallujah, military officials said.

He was working as a broker on Wall Street when two of his friends died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He quit his job and joined the Marine Corps last year.

Relatives said he had to talk his way into the Marines because of old wrestling injuries.

Gavriel was a heavyweight wrestler and the Timberlane wrestling team’s captain. He attended Brown University.

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