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

Daniel Chavez

Odessa, Texas

June 9, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Marine L/Cpl

1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Pendleton, California

 Died as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations with 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Haqlaniyah, Iraq.

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Daniel Chavez Memorial Service June 18, 2005

June 18, 2005

Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Chavez, 20, of Seattle; assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed June 9 in an explosion while conducting combat operations with 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Haqlaniyah, Iraq. Also killed were Lance Cpl. Dustin V. Birch, Lance Cpl. Thomas O. Keeling, Lance Cpl. Devon P. Seymour and Cpl. Brad D. Squires. Beloved brother and son, born October 5, 1984 in Odessa, TX and died June 9, 2005 while serving his country in Iraq. He is survived by his mother Lidia Cortedano; brothers, Oscar Chavez, Jeffrey Chavez, Johnny Cortedano; sisters Lydia Chavez and Denise Chavez. Daniel always made sure to tell his family that he cared for them. Chavez never missed a day of high school, and when he graduated in 2003, he received an award for perfect attendance. He joined the Marines after graduation. He wanted to become a heavy equipment mechanic and thought he could learn the skills in the military.
GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER ISSUES STATEMENT ON DEATH OF CAMP PENDLETON MARINE LANCE CPL. DANIEL CHAVEZ

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Lance Cpl. Daniel Chavez of Seattle, WA: "Lance Cpl. Chavez's service to our country is an example of the determination and courage that makes our nation strong. Maria and I express our deepest sympathies to Daniel's family. His memory lives on in our hearts." Chavez, 20, died June 9, as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations in Haqlaniyah, Iraq. Chavez was assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA. In honor of Chavez, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.
From The Seattle Times

Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Chavez was the type of person who tutored classmates and sent his mom four cards for a single Mother's Day. "If every student was like Danny, there wouldn't be any teachers who would think of doing anything else for a living," teacher Steve Molnes said. Chavez, 20, of Seattle, was killed June 9, 2005, in an explosion in Haqlaniyah. He was a tank crewman in the II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Born in Odessa, Texas, Chavez played basketball and baseball and rarely missed a day at Ballard High School. "He was one of those kids you could see was really going to make something out of his life," said Ballard teacher Terry Gosse. Chavez joined the Marines after graduating from high school. He had talked about becoming a police officer or mechanic and buying his mother a house. "Out of six kids, he was always the one that just grabbed your attention," said his sister Lydia. "There was always something about him that you could just love and love and love and love."

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