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A HERO'S BURIAL (Marine killed in Fallujah had courage, charm and a maturity beyond his years)
The Times-Picayune ^ | 11-20-04 | Paul Rioux

Posted on 11/20/2004 4:27:26 PM PST by cpforlife.org

A HERO'S BURIAL

The Covington soldier killed in Fallujah had courage, charm and a maturity beyond his years, a grieving community recalls

When Lance Cpl. Justin Daniel McLeese left for Iraq in June, everyone who knew him was struck by his unshakable confidence that he would make it home.

Perhaps it was simply a 19-year-old's belief in his own invincibility, but McLeese's friends and relatives said it gave them comfort in the uncertain months that followed.

What they did not know was that the night before he left, McLeese asked his best friend to memorize a message for each member of his family in case he didn't return.

Now, those words are helping them cope with the shock of his death.

A 2003 graduate of Covington High School, McLeese was killed Nov. 13 in an explosion during combat with insurgents in Fallujah.

One of McLeese's three sisters, Tara McLeese, shared his parting message for her with an overflow crowd of more than 500 people at her brother's funeral Friday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Covington.

"He said that he would be watching over me and that I was his hero," she said through tears. "Well, Justin, you were my hero. You were a hero to all of us, and we will carry you in our hearts forever."

McLeese, who joined the Marines in October 2003, could have chosen to stay out of combat as his parents' only son. But relatives said he was deeply affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and was determined to go to Iraq with his unit, the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines.

"Justin served with honor, courage and integrity," said the Rev. Matthew Clark of St. Joseph Abbey north of Covington. "All who knew him or served with him are continually attesting to this."

(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: fallen; fallenhero; fallujah; funeral; iraq

An overflow crowd of more than 500 people attended the funeral Friday of Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Daniel McLeese at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Covington. McLeese was killed Nov. 13 in an explosion during combat with insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq.

‘Justin did not die in vain,’ said retired Archbishop Philip Hannan, who made several parachute jumps in France during World War II. ‘He died in a war that we must win and will win in order to save civilization as we know it.’

Covington High School football players line up to pay their respects at Justin McLeese’s funeral Friday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. McLeese played football for Covington High.

1 posted on 11/20/2004 4:27:26 PM PST by cpforlife.org
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To: All

I am a parishioner at St. Peter's where the McLeese family attends. I did not know this outstanding young hero, but have been moved by his story.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Lance Cpl. Justin Daniel McLeese and for his grieving family.


2 posted on 11/20/2004 4:27:51 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of The Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: MHGinTN; Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; ...

Special Prayer PING.


3 posted on 11/20/2004 4:28:50 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of The Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: cpforlife.org; Old Sarge; MeekOneGOP

Rest in peace, Marine.

Sarge and Meek - Ping FYI.


4 posted on 11/20/2004 4:31:04 PM PST by TBarnett34 ("Unnngh!" -John F'n Kerry, 11/2/04)
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To: cpforlife.org

My prayers for him and his family.


5 posted on 11/20/2004 4:31:22 PM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: SAMWolf; RaceBannon; HuntsvilleTxVeteran; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Special Prayer PING

Please Forward


6 posted on 11/20/2004 4:34:26 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of The Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: cpforlife.org

Why does it require the death of a brave young American in order to recognize his greatness? Our country is so blessed with such wonderful people and I feel like a traitor sitting here safely at home?


7 posted on 11/20/2004 4:37:32 PM PST by matchwood
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FREEDOM
IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE
SECURED IN ANY ONE
MOMENT OF TIME.
WE MUST STRUGGLE
TO PRESERVE IT EVERY DAY.
AND FREEDOM IS NEVER
MORE THAN ONE
GENERATION AWAY FROM
EXTINCTION.


RONALD REAGAN

JANUARY 15, 1983


8 posted on 11/20/2004 4:41:18 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of The Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: cpforlife.org

Requiescat in pace


9 posted on 11/20/2004 4:52:27 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: cpforlife.org

Rest in peace Marine, and thank you for your service and sacrifice. Prayers for your family and friends


10 posted on 11/20/2004 4:58:49 PM PST by TexasTaysor
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To: cpforlife.org

PRAYERS FOR COMFORT FOR ALL THIS MARINE LOVED ONES!
SEMPER FIDELIS!
GODSPEED BROTHER!


11 posted on 11/20/2004 5:01:10 PM PST by alpha-8-25-02 (SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE)
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To: matchwood

Thanks,matchwood. I feel the same.

I've lived half a century, a blessed life.

If the Marines would take a guy like me, instead of these young heroes,who have their whole life to live ahead of them, I'd serve in their place.

Seems like we are on the sidelines.


12 posted on 11/20/2004 5:06:07 PM PST by exit82 (Righteousness exalts a nation...... Proverbs 14:34)
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To: matchwood
I think your first sentence and first half of the second pretty much eliminates your need to feel like a traitor. Recognizing the sacrifices for freedom and liberty, honoring those who died for our country are patriotic.

Rest in peace, Marine. You will not be forgotten. Thank you for your brave service.

13 posted on 11/20/2004 5:08:29 PM PST by Horatio Gates (Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione.)
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To: cpforlife.org

Our country is so blessed to have all these great soldiers. It breaks my heart that their lives are cut short.


14 posted on 11/20/2004 5:12:50 PM PST by arichtaxpayer (We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.)
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To: exit82

Prayers for him.

I know how you feel. I wish we older patriots could somehow take the hit for these great young people who are serving.


15 posted on 11/20/2004 5:15:22 PM PST by livius
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To: cpforlife.org

He was not a soldier; he was a Marine.

God rest his soul.


16 posted on 11/20/2004 7:02:03 PM PST by lancer (If you are not with us, you are against us!)
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To: lancer

Job well done.


17 posted on 11/20/2004 7:12:19 PM PST by oldenuff2no (Proud Nam Vet)
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To: lancer
Correct. That is why I said so in the title (in parentheses) the author of the article wrote soldier.
18 posted on 11/20/2004 7:16:40 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of The Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: cpforlife.org

Almost without exception the stories of these young people has proven how many truly wonderful people are in our military -- by choice -- and dying for the love of their country.


19 posted on 11/20/2004 7:26:56 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: cpforlife.org

cpforlife.org,Bump.


20 posted on 11/20/2004 7:48:05 PM PST by fatima (Rachael we love you and Baby Sara 11-16-04 congrats 10 lbs 5 oz.)
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To: cpforlife.org
McLeese, who joined the Marines in October 2003, could have chosen to stay out of combat as his parents' only son. But relatives said he was deeply affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and was determined to go to Iraq with his unit, the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines.

RIP Justin

21 posted on 11/20/2004 7:50:32 PM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON)
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To: cpforlife.org

Sorry. I didn't see your note but my comment was not meant for you, it was meant for the author.


22 posted on 11/20/2004 8:00:19 PM PST by lancer (If you are not with us, you are against us!)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

prayers ping.


23 posted on 11/20/2004 9:27:59 PM PST by Coleus (Abortion and Euthanasia, Don't Democrats just kill ya! Kill Humans, Save the Bears!!)
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To: cpforlife.org; Cannoneer No. 4; TEXOKIE; xzins; Alamo-Girl; blackie; SandRat; Calpernia; SAMWolf; ..

A HERO'S BURIAL

The Covington soldier killed in Fallujah had courage, charm and a maturity beyond his years, a grieving community recalls

When Lance Cpl. Justin Daniel McLeese left for Iraq in June, everyone who knew him was struck by his unshakable confidence that he would make it home.


24 posted on 11/20/2004 9:30:57 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: cpforlife.org

Many well deserved prayers for a special fallen hero!


25 posted on 11/20/2004 9:41:58 PM PST by TAdams8591 (BORK SPECTER!!!)
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To: cpforlife.org

Prayers UP for this great American hero!

God Bless his family.


26 posted on 11/20/2004 9:48:22 PM PST by clee1 (Islam is a deadly plague; liberalism is the AIDS virus that prevents us from defending ourselves.)
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To: matchwood

Amen!

If this Nation is as screwed up as it sometimes seems; if it is as screwed up as the Liberals would have you believe....

Where in the world do these outstanding young men come from?


27 posted on 11/20/2004 9:50:26 PM PST by clee1 (Islam is a deadly plague; liberalism is the AIDS virus that prevents us from defending ourselves.)
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To: cpforlife.org; Calpernia
Rest In Peace, Lance Cpl. Justin Daniel McLeese

Prayers being said for his family and friends at this time of loss and sorrow.


28 posted on 11/20/2004 9:51:47 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: radu

bump

Amen


29 posted on 11/20/2004 9:53:26 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: cpforlife.org

The words of retired Archbishop Hanna remind me (to my sudden amazement) that thus far, American clergy has stayed out of the Iraq War. Involvement may be just around the corner though: it was just at about this stage in the Vietnam War that ministers, preachers, etc. started to get vocal and lend their voices to the anti-war movement.
In this conflict all we've heard from are the usual suspects, like Falwell and Robertson, who are always called upon to contribute their pov on any and everything political.


30 posted on 11/20/2004 10:55:43 PM PST by willyboyishere
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To: cpforlife.org

Prayers for the family.

Thank you for your sacrifice!


31 posted on 11/20/2004 11:13:20 PM PST by jan in Colorado (I'm not opinionated, I'm Just Always "Right "!)
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To: cpforlife.org

Rest in peace. May God comfort your family and friends in their grieving.


32 posted on 11/20/2004 11:16:00 PM PST by TChris (You keep using that word. I don't think it means what yHello, I'm a TAGLINE vir)
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To: clee1
Where in the world do these outstanding young men come from?

My guess, his parents instilled his values into him. Not always the case, but usually.

Thank you, Lord, for this young marine. Prayers for his family.

33 posted on 11/20/2004 11:40:54 PM PST by valleygal
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To: cpforlife.org
From the article:

"Justin served with honor, courage and integrity," said the Rev. Matthew Clark of St. Joseph Abbey north of Covington. "All who knew him or served with him are continually attesting to this."

It is quite possible that Justin went to St Josephs Abbey to reflect and pray and seek guidance.

The Benedictines have very wonderful prayer services and a very beautiful Church. The young man may have received inspiration and some spiritual strength from trips here -- if he did.

34 posted on 11/21/2004 3:45:42 AM PST by topher
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To: Former Military Chick; Grampa Dave; Allegra
Bump...

But this is a special bump for those over in Iraq -- a chance to get some news from home...

35 posted on 11/21/2004 3:52:54 AM PST by topher
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To: TBarnett34; Happy2BMe
Wow. Thanks, TB.

36 posted on 11/21/2004 5:25:47 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: TBarnett34
And not sure exactly why, but Old Sarge sent a Freepmail
out and then departed FR 2 weeks ago.

37 posted on 11/21/2004 5:28:15 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: TheDon

I don't think this statement about staying out of combat because of being the only son is true. Because we have an all volunteer armed forces, it's my understanding there are no exceptions like this.


38 posted on 11/21/2004 5:32:24 AM PST by Ray'sBeth
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To: Calpernia
He kept his word.

He came home to those he loved and loved him with Honor.

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You and Be with you Always.

39 posted on 11/21/2004 5:45:54 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: cpforlife.org
Heavenly Father, we return with tear-stained hearts to thank You that such overwhelming grief will be sustained by the God of All Comfort. If it were not so, O God, none could survive the loss of beloved son and brother and friend. Your Grace upon this country is written in the sacrifice of blood, as it was in the Sacrifice of Your Son, that we might pass from life to Life Everlasting.

Thank You that You have promised a time when wars will cease ... until such time, Merciful Father, our hearts break that Justin's earthly life has ended. Remember those whose lives have been touched because he lived ... remember those who breathe free because he died. Draw many grieving hearts unto Yourself, for in You is Eternal Life. In the Name of Jesus, Amen ...

40 posted on 11/21/2004 6:15:06 AM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: Calpernia

Marine Hero ~ Bump!


41 posted on 11/21/2004 7:52:21 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Calpernia; All

Bump!


42 posted on 11/21/2004 3:33:26 PM PST by JLO
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To: Calpernia

Prayers for Lance Cpl. Justin Daniel McLeese, his family and friends.


43 posted on 11/21/2004 8:34:15 PM PST by windchime (Won't it be great watching President Bush spend political capital?)
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