Javier Olvera, 20
Marines, Lance Corporal
Based: Camp Lejeune, N.C.
2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom
Died: August 8, 2009
Helmand province, Afghanistan
High School: R. Rex Parris High School (Palmdale)
Burial: Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall
American son of immigrants gives his life for his comrades in arms -- and for us.
His brothers said Javier loved swimming, hiking and having carne asada barbecues with family.
Friends and relatives also remember him for his generosity and compassion. His brothers said Javier and a friend were on their way into a Denny's restaurant last spring when a homeless man asked for money. Instead, Javier invited the man to join them for lunch.
Daniel said that when his brother was deployed, he also frequently shared his care packages from home -- filled with Doritos, candy and beef jerky -- with other Marines and with the Iraqis he met.After he completed four years in the Marines, Javier had hoped to enroll in college to study law enforcement, his family said.He was buried Aug. 17 at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall. In addition to his brothers Nery and Daniel, he is survived by his parents, Martha and Francisco.
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