November 15th, 2004


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Notice how young these Marines are. Also this article epitomizes the distinction between "Hawaiian" with someone who lives in Hawai'i: "Hawaiian" means "descendant of Wakea and Papa." Anyway this is a very sad story and shows that they left behind people who loved them:

David Branning

Brian Medina

Kane'ohe unit loses two more Marines

Fighting in Fallujah has added two more names to the list of Kane'ohe-based Marines killed in Iraq.

Lance Cpl. David M. Branning, 21, of Baltimore, and Lance Cpl. Brian A. Medina, 20, of Woodbridge, Va., were killed Friday. Both were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, based at Marine Corps Base Hawai'i in Kane'ohe.

Branning and Medina are the 10th and 11th members of their battalion to die since it arrived in Iraq last month.

Thirty-one service personnel with significant Hawai'i ties have died in Iraq or Afghanistan since the start of the war in Iraq in March 2003. In addition to the 11 Kane'ohe-based Marines and sailor, the Army's 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks has lost nine soldiers in Iraq and seven in Afghanistan. Also, four soldiers from Hawai'i serving with other units have died in Iraq.

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