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

Duane R Rios

Hammond, Indiana

April 4, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
25 Marines Sgt

1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division

Camp Pendleton, California

Killed during a firefight in central Iraq.

AP News

When Duane Rios walked into a room, the atmosphere would change: "He had a smile that would just brighten up the room," said George Shawn Jr., an uncle of Rios' wife, Erica. "He was always there for somebody who needed help." Rios of Griffith, Ind., and stationed at Camp Pendleton, was killed April 4.

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