Based: Camp Pendleton
4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: May 18, 2003
Samawah (near), Iraq
Foreign Country of Birth: Nicaragua
At Fallen Heroes, the beloved son of Corporal Marenco-Reyes writes:
"Over the years I've read the messages left by servicemen, family members, veterans, and others expressing their condolences and wishing my family the best. I wish to thank you for these messages. Over the past years, nothing has ever been able to mend the hole that my fathers passing has left on my heart as well as my family. Writing is my passion that has helped me mend this gap by using imagery and words to paint a portrait of my father.--Julian Damien Marenco (His son) of Fullerton, Ca -- visiting family with my sister and celebrating
Because of him, I have created a resume for college that has been fueled by my father's example. I've worked with non-profits since the start of High School from reducing the risk of teen pregnancy by producing a theater production, halting illiteracy among the youth through poetry, and dedicating my Winter vacation to feed the less fortunate on Skid Row.
I would have never been willing to do this or wanting to do this if it weren't for my mother raising me right and my father instilling in me good morals and ethics.
This New Year will mark another year that my father has left us physically. I remember him every time I get up on a stage, every time I speak a poem, sing a song, look in my sister's eyes, and hang out with my uncle.
When I want to see who my my father was I hang out with my Uncle Robert, the last remnant of what my father was like. The rest are out of the picture. I hang out with my dad's Marine Core buddies so I could see what he was like as a Marine.
There are three steps in dying fully out of this world. The first is the immediate death when body and soul are split apart. The next step is when the body fully decays and goes back into the ground to nourish the world. And the last is when no one remembers who they are anymore. They simply fade away in existence.
His memory has been kept alive through the messages sent. Through the flower placed on his grave. Through the stories told about him. Through my sister and mother. I thank everyone so much for the appreciation and hope everyone has a great New Year."
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Marine Corporal Douglas Jose Marenco-Reyes
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