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Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Nice

Died August 4, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

19, of Nicoma Park, Okla.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.; killed Aug. 4 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.

Joseph Nice seemed to be interested in everything. The straight-A student played the saxophone, was learning the drums, drew landscapes and played several sports. He dreamed of becoming a lawyer, and a Marine. “ He fulfilled his dream," Lloyd Nice III said of his son. "He stood his ground on what he wanted out of life." The 19-year-old from Nicoma Park, Okla., was killed Aug. 4 in Iraq's Anbar province. He was based at Twentynine Palms, Calif. Mary Sneed often joked around with her grandson, gently chiding him when he'd spend an hour in the bathroom to make sure everything was "just so." "I mean this in a good way, but he was a nerd, very polite, very easygoing," she said of the boy who used to cook for her. The two were planning a belated birthday party for Nice on his return. "I have been so proud of him," she said. "He just made my chest swell 200 miles every time I seen him." The Marine is also survived by his mother, Marilyn Nice.

— Associated Press

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