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Marines say goodbye with final salute

26 Aug 2006 | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin

Sgt. Levi S. Presmyk, a 23-year-old Marine rifleman from Camp Verde, Ariz., pays his final respects to three fallen comrades – two Marines and a Navy corpsman – during a memorial service Aug. 26, at the Marines’ outpost in Rawah, Iraq. Cpl. Adam A. Galvez, a 21-year-old from Salt Lake City, Utah; Lance Cpl. Randy L. Newman, a 21-year-old from Bend, Ore., and Hospitalman Chadwick T. Kenyon, a 20-year-old from Tucson, Ariz., were all killed in action Aug. 20. All three men were part of the battalion’s D Company, which spent three months living out of their eight-wheeled, armored troop carriers – Light Armored Vehicles – combating insurgents and roadside bombs in Fallujah earlier this year.

The deaths of the three men came on the heels of the deaths of four other Marines from the very same platoon within D Company. During all of their exploits in eastern Al Anbar Province, no one from Company D was killed. All six of the battalion’s deaths occurred during combat operations in this region of western Al Anbar Province.

“They were Dragoon’s warriors. They were real warriors,” said 1st Sgt. Willie T. Ward III, of Galvez, Kenyon and Newman during the ceremony. “They were Wolf Pack. They were my brothers. I loved them.”

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