Marine Pfc, Deryk L. Hallal, 24, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Died Monday, April 5, 2004, less than two months after leaving home. Shot and killed in al-Anbar province in western Iraq.
He was a rifleman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Pam Hallal, 43, and her husband, Jeff, 46, were told of their son's death at their far-Northside home on Tuesday. They said their son was glad to be in Iraq and wanted to give hope to Iraqis. "He believed so strongly in the freedoms of America," Jeff Hallal said.
After Hallal left in late February, the family received two short phone calls from him, the last on March 31. "You only get three minutes to talk," Jeff Hallal said, so they spoke about the upcoming collegiate Final Four basketball tournament, the family and the situation in Iraq.
Their son couldn't tell them exactly where he was, so he couldn't answer when they asked if he was in the volatile western area that had been in the news because of intense fighting. He died Monday, April 5, 2004.