Levi T Angell
Saint Louis, Minnesota
April 8, 2004
|Died due to injuries received from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.|
April 21, 2004
When the Marine recruiters showed up at Cloquet High School in Carlton County, Minn., a couple of years ago, Levi Angell wasn't shy about his intentions.
The good-natured kid who excelled in everything from acting to fishing joined the Marines in 2002 after earning his diploma.
Lance Cpl. Angell, 20, was killed on the road to Fallujah – just outside Baghdad in Abu Ghurayb – on April 8 when the Humvee he was driving was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Angell was the third Marine from Carlton County to die in the Persian Gulf in about a month. He is also among at least seven Minnesotans to die in the war.
"We have had a huge outpouring of support," said Cloquet High School principal Warren Peterson. "For a lot of our kids, Levi was a young man they could identify with. They see themselves and they see that he died too young."
One of eight children, Angell was from a close-knit family in a close-knit community, Peterson said. Two of Angell's sisters attend Cloquet High School.
"There are plenty of people who were shocked by this," Peterson said. "It's impacted many, many people."
At the school, Angell was known for his quick wit and his involvement in a variety of seemingly incongruent activities. He sang in the choir and he hunted deer. He was active in drama and he had a passion for martial arts.
Angell joined the Marines in September 2002. He served in Kuwait last year. His second tour of duty in the Persian Gulf began when he was deployed in February from Camp Pendleton. The logistics vehicle system operator was assigned to Combat Service Support Battalion 1, Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group.
Angell died in Iraq's Anbar province. Just days earlier, Pfc. Moises Langhorst, 19, of Moose Lake, Minn., in Carlton County, was killed in that same region. And last month, Langhorst's high school classmate, Pfc. Matthew G. Milczark, died in a noncombat shooting in Kuwait.
"All of the sudden people here have plenty of connections to this world situation," Peterson said.
– Maureen Magee
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