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Dennis J Burrow

Dennis J Burrow

Naples, Florida

August 7, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
23 Marine L/Cpl

2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

 Killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Dennis J Burrow

Lance Cpl. Dennis J. Burrow grew up in Rockville Maryland. An intelligent, warm, loving kid growing up, Dennis and his brother Chris were rambunctious, energetic and full of jokes, and they maintained a special bond throughout their whole lives. At various times some of the pranks they pulled included getting stuck in laundry chutes, and ending up encased in plastic wrap. He graduated from Magruder High School in 2004, then attended the Massanutten Military Academy. Because he just didn't care for those cold Maryland winters, Dennis moved to Naples Florida to enjoy the sun and beaches. He worked as a bartender until June of 2006, when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, fufilling a childhood dream. Stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he made frequent trips home, maintaining the strong bond and commitment he had to his family. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2007 to May 2008, and while there had the chance to spend some time with his brother, who was also deployed. Dennis served as a rifleman and demolitions expert, so meeting up with Chris brought him a sense of relief, getting their bond back in a war zone. Dennis was also very close to his fellow soldiers, believing in that brotherhood that soldiers share. In May of 2009, he left for Afghanistan, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, from Camp Lejeune. He died August 7 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province. He is survived by his mother Daryl; his father R. Morgan Burrow; his brother Chris and sister Megan. In September of 2009, Chris leaves for Afghanistan himself, and despite the fact his brother was killed there, Chris is leaving because it is something he must do. Dennis is survived by his mother, Daryl E. Burrow of Laurel, MD; his father, R. Morgan Burrow, Jr. of Wildwood, NJ; brother Specialist 4 Chris Burrow (U.S. Army) and sister Megan Burrow. 
From The Banner naplesnews.com 08/10/09:

Naples Marine killed in Afghanistan
ELYSA DELCORTO,RYAN MILLS,LESLIE WILLIAMS HALE
5:05 PM, Aug 10, 2009
NAPLES - Looking for a change of pace, Dennis James Burrow moved from Maryland to Naples a few years back.

After working for a while as a waiter and a bartender, Burrow, 23, joined the U.S. Marines, said his best friend, Jack Hagan, 23.

The Department of Defense announced Monday that Burrow, a lance corporal, had been killed Friday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. His address was listed as Naples, though Hagan said Maryland was still home.

"It's like losing a brother," said Hagan, who has known Burrow since elementary school. "He was the closest thing you could have to a brother without actually being family."

Two other Marines from his company were killed the same day, according to Defense officials: Lance Cpl. Janier Olvera, 20, of Palmdale, Calif., and Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel, 21, of Winfield, Mo.

Burrow was an assaultman assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

In a written statement, Marine Capt. Timothy Patrick said that Burrow joined the Marine Corps in June 2006 and was promoted to the rank of lance corporal on Sept. 1, 2007.

Burrow deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2007 to May 2008, and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2009. His awards include the Iraqi Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medals.

Burrow was home in Maryland for about a week before shipping off to Afghanistan, Hagan said. They went out to a bar to have fun. The last thing Hagan said he remembered telling Burrow was to be careful, to keep his head down, and to call when he could.

"When you hear about this stuff, you never think it's going to happen to you, especially for your best friend," Hagan said.

Hagan described Burrow as a "goofball," who was into computers and good at math.

"He couldn't have been more of an honest person, and he would drop anything he was doing to help you, for anything that you needed," Hagan said. "He was there all the time."

Nick Marsit, commander of the Naples detachment of the Marine Corps League, was struggling to make sense of the loss Monday, especially as community members tried to learn more details about the 23-year-old.

"It's very sad, and we're going to do whatever we can to help the family, and if necessary, we're going to be part of whatever is going to take place," said Marsit.

Burrow's last known address in Naples is a now-abandoned home on Highlands Drive. A neighbor said Burrow had not lived there in years.

Regardless of Burrow's connection to the area, though, Marsit said, Burrow will always have a home in the hearts and minds of his fellow Marines.

"One Marine is never going to forget another Marine," Marsit said. "He's one of us."

Burrow and his fellow Marines who died Friday become part of a rising trend of violence claiming the lives of Americans in Afghanistan.

Another Southwest Florida Marine stationed out of Camp Lejeune died in Afghanistan in July while supporting combat operations.

Sgt. Michael C. Roy, 25, of North Fort Myers, died July 8 in Nimroz province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Advisor Group, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, according to the Defense Department.

Last month was the bloodiest month on record so far for U.S. troops in Afghanistan: 76 international service members were killed in violence in that country in July, including more than 30 U.S. troops, according to the Associated Press.

With that, July topped June, the previous record month with 28 U.S. fatalities. At the same time, the number of U.S. troops in the country is roughly double the presence in Afghanistan one year ago, when 30,000 U.S. service members were stationed there.

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