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Marine Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett

Died March 23, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Erie, N.Y.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in action near Nasiriyah March 23. He was listed as missing until April 13, when the Defense Department announced his remains had been identified.

Pfc. Tamario Burkett was the oldest of seven children. His family said he was a poet, an artist and a big brother. His letters home included special notes for each of his younger siblings, ages 1 to 18.

— Associated Press

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