Fallen_hero CAMP HABBANIYAH, Iraq  – Marines from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment paused their combat operations to honor a fallen hero at the chapel during a memorial service here Nov. 16.

Lance Cpl. James E. Brown, 20, of Gibson , Ind. , was killed in action Nov. 2 while conducting combat operations in the Habbaniyah area.

"Lance Cpl. James Brown courageously fought and courageously died," said Lt. Col. Todd S. Desgrosseilliers, the 43-year-old battalion commander, from Auburn , Maine . "He heard a call to duty and volunteered to serve our nation without fear or without hesitation."

Brown served as a rifleman for the battalion’s I Company under Regimental Combat Team 5.

During the ceremony, Marines from I Company had an opportunity to honor Brown with their personal reflections.

"I remember the first time I saw Lance Cpl. Brown, standing at parade rest on the third deck catwalk with the rest of the new Marines," said Cpl. Chad A. Nickerson, a squad leader with I Company. "I walked up and down the line staring at each one, getting my first glimpse of the Marines that were about to go to battle with me soon."Story by Cpl. Ray Lewis


  1. Thank you LCpl Brown may you rest in peace. May your family be comforted in knowing you are a hero. In your young life you accomplished what some men only wish they could have done, you are a Marine. God Bless Our Troops.

  2. In June of 1996, chez Domaine du Val des Rois, in Valreas, I tasted a 1969 rose that my host, Romain Bouchard, had made, from Grenache, Syrah, and Gamay, and it was breath-taking! Only very slightly past its prime, but still vivid and precise, and riveting. After which we tasted a Tavel, from…1968–a terrible year–and it was more tired than the Bouchard wine, but amazingly still quite interesting.

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