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

Donald J Cline

Sparks, Nevada

March 23, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Marines L/Cpl

1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Killed in action during operations on the outskirts of Nasiriyah.

Marine Lance Cpl. Cline was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. First missing for nearly three weeks and then confirmed dead, he died during a brutal battle outside An Nasiriyah. A request went out for volunteers to help a mortar company that was pinned down with some wounded. Donald was one of the first to volunteer to help his brother Marines. He went across a bridge, which is now known as 'Ambush Alley' and helped rescue all of them. At 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds, Donald was carrying men twice his size. Once he had rescued everyone and they were in a truck on the way back, he was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade and killed. 

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