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Marine Lance Cpl. Michael J. Allred

Died September 6, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Hyde Park, Utah; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Sept. 6 due to enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.

Utah Marine killed in Iraq car bomb attack

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah Marine was among seven Marines killed in a car-bomb attack near Fallujah, Iraq, his family said.

Lance Cpl. Michael Allred, 22, of Hyde Park, was killed Monday.

The military has not yet released the identities of the seven victims and could not confirm the family’s report.

Allred had been scheduled to leave the Marine Corps in January after his four-year term expired, said his older brother Brad Allred, 26.

He said his brother had always wanted to be in military service or law enforcement, and died doing something he loved.

“He was looking forward to coming home and being done, but he didn’t regret his service,” he told The Associated Press Tuesday. “He was happy to serve, and he knew what he was doing was right.”

Allred said the family was still trying to plan memorial services, and has had “a nonstop stream of visitors” at their home in Hyde Park, about 70 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Allred said he wasn’t sure what his brother had planned after he returned home in January, but that he had talked about buying a motorcycle and traveling with a family member.

He said the family was mourning, but taking the loss well because Michael so firmly believed in serving.

“Knowing that he believed in what he was doing, and he was where he wanted to be — that makes it a little better,” he said.

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