Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, March 24, 2003

The first American killed in action in Iraq was a great example of what America is about.

Eight years ago, Jose Gutierrez risked death for a better life in America. He found foster parents and several new brothers and sisters, went to high school, then joined the Marine Corps.

Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 22, became an infantry rifleman with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, according to Camp Pendleton officials in early September. This month, he became the first combat casualty of the war in Iraq.

"He was fighting for the port city of Umm al Qasr, which is important to the U.S. so we can bring humanitarian aid into the country," said Marine Capt. James Rich, who has been counseling Gutierrez's foster family since notifying them of his death.

"He was just a really good kid. He was studying hard," his foster brother said. "He had a plan. He joined the Marines to pay back a little of what he'd gotten from the U.S. For him it was a question of honor."

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