Marine Sgt. Duane R. Rios, 25, Griffith, Indiana.
Killed during a firefight in central Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, When Rios walked into a room, the atmosphere would change.
"He had a smile that would just brighten up the room. It just affected everyone," said George Shawn Jr., an uncle of Rios' wife, Erica. "He was always there for somebody who needed help."
Rios, 25, Griffith, was killed in a suicide bomb attack. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Died on April 4, 2003.
Duane and Erica Rios were high school classmates and got married in 1998, a year before he joined the Marines. Erica Rios said she last spoke with her husband on Feb. 15, 2003 -- her birthday.
"He was a great guy. He was like a friend. He was a wonderful husband."
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