Marine Lance Corporal David K. Fribley, 26, of Fort Myers, Florida.
He was an all-conference football player and a track-and-field star (shot put and hammer throw) at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, Indiana.
Killed in action in the vicinity of An Nasiriyah. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on March 23, 2003.
Fribley had been working as a recreation coordinator at a retirement complex in Florida when his anger over the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks helped inspire him to join the Marines.
"I'm not sure what God wants me to do after this is over. . . . But right now, I'm sure I'm where he wants me to be," Fribley, 26, said in one letter from Iraq to his parents, who live in Atwood.
Fribley was killed in an ambush in Iraq.
Raised in northern Indiana, he was a top high school athlete and an Indiana State University graduate. His parents still reside in Warsaw.
"That's part of war," Garry Fribley remembers his son saying about war's violence. "People better wake up. . . . It's time to take the gloves off."