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Lance Corporal Anthony Aguirre

U.S. Marine Corps 03/21/86-02/26/07 Houston, TX Channelview High School Lance Corporal Anthony Aguirre was from Channelview, Texas. At a young age, he knew he wanted to be a Marine. He felt so compelled to serve our country that he took every opportunity to become involved in any military program that he could find. When he was in the Junior ROTC, Anthony was the company commander. During his senior year in high school, he achieved the rank of cadet captain. He always had a sense of duty to this country. According to the ROTC instructor, Anthony wanted to be a Marine because he thought it was the toughest of military U.S. services. Lance Corporal Aguirre joined the United States Marine Corps 1 year after graduating from Channelview High School and became a member of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Hawaii. On February 26, 2007, at the age of 20, in an act of fearless courage, LCpl Aguirre put his life on the line for his brothers in arms. And while fighting the forces of evil in Al Anbar Province in Iraq, Anthony stepped on an improvised explosive device. But he didn't immediately jump, as would be a reflection or a reaction for most of us. He kept his foot on the IED and he told the other 20 Marines standing around him to clear the area and take cover. When he saw that they were out of harm's way, he took his foot off the device. He gave his life so that other Marines could live. When this group of Marines reported back to their commander, they told him that Tony had just saved their lives. The commander immediately knew they were referring to LCpl Anthony Aguirre.Anthony Aguirre was buried today in Highlands, Texas. The high school flag was flown at half mast in his honor. Lance Corporal Aguirre died as he lived, for the Marines, for his brothers in arms.

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Taken on September 22, 2011