Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Michael E Bitz

Ventura, California

March 23, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
31 Marines Sgt

2nd Assault Amphibious Battalion, 2nd Marine Division

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Killed in action in the vicinity of Nasiriyah.

AP News

Michael E. Bitz was a daredevil drifter before he joined the Marines -- that's how his mother, Donna Bellman, sees it. The military turned his life around. Bitz remarried Janina and started a new family. In February, he became the father of twins he would never hold. Bitz from Ventura, Calif., and based at Camp Lejeune, was killed in combat March 23.

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