Sunday, March 6, 2011

Adam O. Zanutto, Marines, Corporal -- Rest In Peace

Adam O. Zanutto, 26

Marines, Corporal
Based: Twentynine Palms, Calif.
3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: March 6, 2006
National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., USA
Gender: Male
Hometown: Caliente
High School: Foothill High (Bakersfield)
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Bakersfield
Cpl. Adam Zanutto died March 6 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of wounds suffered Feb. 25 when his Humvee struck a roadside bomb in Ramadi, Iraq, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

"He was the first in our family, out of all the relatives who have been in war, to die," his father said.

Zanutto had been studying criminal justice at Bakersfield College when he enlisted. He was on his third tour of Iraq when he was wounded. He was scheduled to leave in March and be discharged in October, his father said. Adam's wife, Amber, had moved to Bakersfield to prepare for his return, and he hoped to become a Kern County sheriff's deputy, his father said. He had sent an e-mail two days before, saying he had 27 days left in Iraq and was eager to be home.

The Zanuttos were able to see their son in the hospital before he died during a medically induced coma intended to relieve pressure on his swelling brain, his father said. His mother and wife were at his side when he died. His father had returned home for a quick trip to take care of business, expecting to return to Bethesda before Adam was out of his coma.

An American flag had flown outside the Zanuttos' house all of Adam's life. "If I'd miss a day, he would be out there to put it up," his father said. The day Adam died, he said, "the hardest thing for me to do in my life was lower that flag."

Read the entire LA Times article about Marine Corporal Adam O. Zanutto here, read more at Military Times, find messages and remembrances at Fallen Heroes, visit Corporal Zanutto's Guest Book.

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