Fallen Marines remembered as courageous “night watchmen” in Iraq

By Cpl. Luke Blom Combat Correspondent

2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment

HADITHA, Iraq – Marines from the Hawaii-based 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment packed into a dusty dim-light hallway in their headquarters here to remember two of their own during a memorial service, Nov. 3, 2006.

Pfc. Donald S. Brown and Pfc. Daniel B. Chaires, both infantrymen with 2nd Battalion’s Echo Company, died Oct. 25, 2006, while conducting security operations in Haditha, a city of 30,000 along the Euphrates River in western Al Anbar Province.

Brown, a 19-year-old from of Succasunna , N.J. , and Chaires, a 20-year-old from Tallahassee , Fla. , had spent the previous six weeks patrolling the streets of Haditha, weeding out insurgents from the local population.

Marines who served with and knew Brown and Chaires recounted their time with the two fallen Marines.

Brown was a vibrant and intelligent man, according to fellow Marines, and was remembered as an extremely motivational person.

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