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Marine Lance Cpl. Dominic C. Brown

Died September 13, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

19, of Austin, Texas; assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Sept. 13 in a non-combat-related incident in Anbar province, Iraq.

Dominic C. Brown's last care package was to have included his favorites: John Grisham books, red licorice, Goldfish crackers and pictures from home. "I just never got it sent," said Brigette Brown, his mother. Brown, 19, of Austin, Texas, died Sept. 13 from non-combat injuries near Iraq’s Anbar province. He graduated high school last year and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. "He was loving, friendly, hard-working, energetic," his mother said. "Anything he ever did, he did 100 percent. He was a great artist. He loved art. He was great at drawing. He felt things from the heart." Christina Srisen, 19, knew Brown since sixth grade. "There were plenty of girls who had crushes on him," she said. "He flirted all the time with all the girls. He was just a goofy person. He always made you laugh." Staff Sgt. Jose Cansino, who attended Brown's funeral, also saw another side: "He stood out from other Marines. He was unique. He could've done something with his life." Brown also is survived by his father, Ken, and brother Stewart.

— Associated Press

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