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Slain Marine Immigrated to U.S., Alone, as a Teen(Hero from Guatemala died for America)
LA Times, via cantonrep.com ^ | 3/.24/03 | LA Times

Posted on 03/24/2003 12:42:48 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat

LOS ANGELES — Long before he ever traveled to the Persian Gulf, Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez was acquainted with perilous and uncertain journeys.

Lanky, quiet and full of ambition, Gutierrez, 22, is believed to be the second U.S. serviceman to die in combat, an American Marine with a distinctive Southern California background: He was among thousands of Central American immigrants who for years have made their way north in dangerous personal odysseys.

At age 16, he had traveled by himself from his home in Guatemala, making his way across Mexico into the United States, where he was taken in by an older couple, who late in life had begun sheltering immigrant children.

Gutierrez made the 2,000-mile journey across the continent as one of many underage immigrants who come here from Latin America each year, seeking family members or jobs.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: California; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: diedforyou; guatemala; gutierrez; hero; illegalimmigration; immigration; josegutierrez; killedinaction; marines; nogreaterlove; semperfi; ultimatesacrifice
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Click the link for an excellent article. He came to America, quickly learned English, and volunteered for the Marines last year.
1 posted on 03/24/2003 12:42:48 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
... Gutierrez “wanted to give the United States what the United States gave to him. He came with nothing. This country gave him everything.”
2 posted on 03/24/2003 12:43:56 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
The AP's version:

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20030324&Category=APN&ArtNo=303240582&Ref=AR

Second American to die in Iraq risked life to come to the U.S.

The Associated Press


One of the first U.S. servicemen to die in Iraq had already risked his life for the American dream.

Like thousands of other Central American immigrants, Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez made the dangerous 2,000-mile journey from his native Guatemala, across Mexico and over the border into Southern California as a teenager.

Gutierrez was hit by enemy fire and died Friday in battle near the Southern Iraqi city of Umm al Qasr, while fighting with fellow Marines, a military spokesman said. He was the only one among them killed.

He is believed to be the second American to die in combat. Second Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, of Harrison County, Miss., was also killed in combat Friday.

Gutierrez was 16 when he came to Southern California, without family or friends. Longtime friend Hector E. Tobar told the Los Angeles Times that Gutierrez rode 14 trains to reach the border. Gutierrez was among the lucky ones. He found shelter with an older couple that took in immigrant children.

He dreamed of becoming an architect.

Marcelo Mosquera, a machinist from Ecuador, and his wife Nora Mosquera, a marketing representative from Costa Rica - who became surrogate parents to Gutierrez - told the Spanish-language station KVEA-TV in Los Angeles that Gutierrez "would go after whatever was put in front of him to reach is goal."

The Mosqueras' adult daughter, Jackie Baker, told KVEA-TV that Gutierrez "wanted to give the United States what the United States gave to him. He came with nothing. This country gave him everything."

Gutierrez was an older brother to the younger children taken in by the Mosqueras. Neighbors told the Times he often was seen playing with them and taking them to the nearby McDonald's restaurant.

He was "very helpful and very friendly...nice and courteous," said Dina Purdue, who lived near the Mosqueras' two-story home in Lomita, about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala notified Gutierrez' older sister Sunday night. The woman, whose name was not immediately released, lives in a poor section of Guatemala City and was listed as his only next-of-kin in military records, said Guatemalan Consul General Fernando Castillo of Los Angeles.

"She does not have a phone, so it is difficult to reach her," Castillo said. He said Gutierrez' sister hoped to bring her brother's body back to Guatemala.

But social worker Wendy Perlera, who worked with the Marine when he first came to the United States, said she wanted to bring Gutierrez body back to California and hoped to obtain visas for his sister and her husband to come to the United States.

Gutierrez became an infantry rifleman with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, according to Camp Pendleton officials in early September. They did not say when he was deployed to the gulf.

Another Californian, Navy Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, 27, was killed Saturday when two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided over international waters.

Four other marines were killed during the crash of a CH-46 helicopter Friday.

On Sunday, newspapers, radio and TV stations throughout Guatemala City carried stories on Gutierrez. The American Embassy in Guatemala estimates that nearly 1,500 Guatemalans or Guatemalan Americans are in the U.S. military.

Many Guatemalans expressed sympathy for Gutierrez and others fighting in Iraq, but at the American Embassy on Avenida Reforma, activists had decked the trees and fences with white ribbons to symbolize peace.

3 posted on 03/24/2003 12:45:23 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Rest in Peace. Another fine example of what the Corps is all about. Semper Fi
4 posted on 03/24/2003 12:45:47 PM PST by kellynla (Once a Marine...Semper Fi)
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To: hchutch
That's not really fair to Malkin. She doesn't insult her own family of immigrants, who have not been in the least bit parasitic. Nor can anyone who has read any of her writing deduce that she is referring to the "zeal of a convert" type immigrants who join the armed forces and are often very outspoken patriots.

Don't let the slackers share in any of the accolades we owe this brave Marine.

6 posted on 03/24/2003 12:51:08 PM PST by American Soldier
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To: Diddle E. Squat
bring Gutierrez body back to California

He's more than earned his spot in the National Cemetary here in West Los Angeles
(or other National Cemetary in California)...

As far as I'm concerned the blood of these departed folks in the coalition force...
drips from the hands of Chirac, Schroeder and their ilk.
7 posted on 03/24/2003 12:51:55 PM PST by VOA
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To: Diddle E. Squat
I read the article earlier today and it choked me up. He has made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
8 posted on 03/24/2003 12:52:48 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: Joe Hadenuf; Tancredo Fan
There.
9 posted on 03/24/2003 12:57:07 PM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (Paleocons, the French and the UN - Excusing corrupt power mad dictators for decades)
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And when I get to heaven
St Peter I will tell
Another Marine Reporting Sir
I spent my time in Hell.

Semper Fi young Marine. May the God of heaven give you peace. Time to drop your pack.

10 posted on 03/24/2003 1:00:41 PM PST by Leatherneck_MT (Can't stand rude behavior in a man.... Won't tolerate it.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
May God protect him and his.
11 posted on 03/24/2003 1:05:35 PM PST by First_Salute
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To: Leatherneck_MT
He's not gone, only reassigned to the legions of heaven, and he'll be back on that fateful day that Christ leads them onto the final battlefield to rid the world of Islam, once and for all.

Semper Fidelis

12 posted on 03/24/2003 1:12:30 PM PST by SENTINEL (Active participant in the animating contest of freedom !)
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To: hchutch
Not Nice..the thread is to honor this fallen Marine and tell his story
Not to use him and his story to bash someone else in an unfair manner..
God grant this Marine your favor and bless his family both adoptive and blood.
13 posted on 03/24/2003 1:15:15 PM PST by joesnuffy
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To: kellynla
And another reason I hope our guys kill as many of these barbarians in filthy nightshirts as possible.

I give a crap how many "prisoners" we take. I'm waiting to see how many scalps our guys take...that's all that interests me.

I'm to the point, now, where I think we need to get medieval on their collective asses...

Time to make the enemy, and the world, fear us IMNSHO.

14 posted on 03/24/2003 1:17:19 PM PST by Im Your Huckleberry
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Touching article. God bless this marine.

Hopefully the LA Times will profile some of the other heros killed in the recent fighting as well.

15 posted on 03/24/2003 1:20:40 PM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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Here is another thread to memorialize all the brave military heroes killed in this war.

Names of OIF Fallen Heroes. Everlasting Thanks for Noble Sacrifice and Comfort to Their Families.

16 posted on 03/24/2003 1:22:21 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: kellynla
May God watch over his family in their time of need. May this fine marine and American rest in peace....
17 posted on 03/24/2003 1:25:18 PM PST by BossLady (Saddam Hussein stars in THE OTHERS 2)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
I never met him, but I will miss him deeply. Semper Fi.
18 posted on 03/24/2003 1:27:56 PM PST by pfflier
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To: pfflier
I was welled up with tears reading the articles and posts about this brave young man. I got to your post and broke down.

God Bless this brave young soul.
19 posted on 03/24/2003 1:35:38 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Diddle E. Squat
This brave young man will never know any hurt anymore. May god bless him. He has 280 million people who thank for his sacrifices.
22 posted on 03/24/2003 1:40:29 PM PST by Teetop (democrats....... socialist.........whats the difference?)
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To: *SemperFi
Marine ping.
23 posted on 03/24/2003 1:49:33 PM PST by anymouse
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To: Discussted
See post #16. The writer is not singling out this person, articles profiling individual fallen heroes are being written all over this country. We are collecting on that thread a story on each of these individuals.

The LEAST that every fallen soldier deserves is an article focusing on his/her life.

Sadly, I shudder to think what some would have posted her about fallen Black heroes if Free Republic had been around during World War II. Let's stick to giving this indivual thanks and honor for his noble sacrifice.
24 posted on 03/24/2003 1:55:45 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat; RaceBannon
I know his next post ...

If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes.
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

Semper Fi Marine!

25 posted on 03/24/2003 1:57:41 PM PST by fnord (A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.)
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To: Admin Moderator; hchutch
That was a very mild comment you removed here. Are we now in the habit of NOT being critical of SOME journalists?

"Anyone here want to bet this is one story Michelle Malkin will NOT be telling?"

What was wrong with that?

Michelle Malkin's tabloid conservatism has leveled some serious vitriol at people ranging from Michael Jackson, to Brittney Spears, to Hispanics...but this you find offensive?

Please explain, or at the very least, post a list of you all's sacred cows...or jurassic cats.

26 posted on 03/24/2003 3:26:40 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Because it was a cheap shot & totally inappropriate.

Good move, Admin Moderator.

27 posted on 03/24/2003 3:32:36 PM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: skeeter; Luis Gonzalez
So Michelle Malkin can dish cheap shots out, but she can't take `em?

Thanks for letting me know. No need to press this issue, then.
28 posted on 03/24/2003 3:36:20 PM PST by hchutch ("But tonight we get EVEN!" - Ice-T)
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To: hchutch
So Michelle Malkin can dish cheap shots out, but she can't take `em?

You reduced a thread honoring this young man to score cheap political points. Better quit while you're behind.

29 posted on 03/24/2003 3:39:26 PM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Thank you, Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez

A Patriot....A Marine

Liberty
30 posted on 03/24/2003 3:42:44 PM PST by Liberty Valance ( Keep our Soldiers in your prayers)
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To: skeeter
The question was valid, especially in light of the fact that the vast majority of individuals who worship at Malkin's feet are making the greatest statement of all by their noticeable absence from this thread.

31 posted on 03/24/2003 3:47:14 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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To: fnord
Another brother lost....
Why must we always lose those we can least afford to lose...

Semper Fi
32 posted on 03/24/2003 3:47:16 PM PST by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Thank you for posting this. I knew a lot of Guatemalan immigrants in my parish when I lived in California, and they were all enormously grateful to the US and were really committed citizens. Of course, the left exalts liars such as Rigoberta Menchu, but the LatAm reality was very different.

Prayers for this brave Marine and his family.
33 posted on 03/24/2003 3:47:17 PM PST by livius
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To: Diddle E. Squat
"Gutierrez made the 2,000-mile journey across the continent as one of many underage immigrants who come here from Latin America each year, seeking family members or jobs."

Que Dios te bendiga hermano.

Libertad!

34 posted on 03/24/2003 3:48:58 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
The question was valid, especially in light of the fact that the vast majority of individuals who worship at Malkin's feet are making the greatest statement of all by their noticeable absence from this thread.

Perhaps they're absent because this isn't a Malkin thread.

And I will no longer be party to making it one. So long.

35 posted on 03/24/2003 3:52:25 PM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: river rat
The Marine Corps lives forever. Lance Corporal Guttierez will also live forever.

SEMPER FI
36 posted on 03/24/2003 3:52:35 PM PST by usmc_chris
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Please send this article to Pat Buchanan.
37 posted on 03/24/2003 3:53:23 PM PST by IowaHawk
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To: Diddle E. Squat
He came to America, quickly learned English, and volunteered for the Marines last year.

We'd be in great shape if all the immigrants did what this man did ---unfortunately some will try to use this man's death to promote other agendas ---and agendas he himself probably did not have.

38 posted on 03/24/2003 4:00:54 PM PST by FITZ
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To: IowaHawk
Watch out my friend, comments like that get pulled around here.

Looks like one of the guys responsible for the death of the west, just died protecting it.

Rock on Lance Corporal Guttierez!

Guard those streets in Heaven mi hermano!
39 posted on 03/24/2003 4:01:46 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Ever So Humble Banana Republican)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
I am sorry any of our folks are dead or captured. However, in my opinion, he was an illegal alien. Joining the military is a way around the system to gain legal status. If I am wrong, I apologize. I do think that he will have helped discourage the unarmed invasion of our country. ...as a teenager, he "Like thousands of other Central American immigrants, Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez made the dangerous 2,000-mile journey from his native Guatemala, across Mexico and over the border into Southern California as a teenager." His first contact here was welfare.

Again, I am sorry he is gone. However, in my world, we would not have had a Saddam nor illegal immigrants. Hopefully, part of my world will return and the other is a hope.
40 posted on 03/24/2003 4:04:47 PM PST by Henchman
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To: Henchman
He was an illegal alien who wanted to do his part, joined the marines and was one of the first to give his life, and you SLAM him? How do you know his first contact here was welfare? That is absolutely not true of many immigrants. What a nasty post. I hope I am not entirely in your world. Guess what, I am in Southern California, where I see immigrants and yes, maybe illegal aliens working the fields picking lettuce and strawberries. This is backbreaking work and they make a pittance, and we have many many Americans who think they are too damn good to do this work. I feel sick after reading your post.
41 posted on 03/24/2003 4:15:08 PM PST by merry10
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To: Henchman
“wanted to give the United States what the United States gave to him. He came with nothing. This country gave him everything.”

that was in the article Henchman. Also I see nothing that says he was a welfare handout. Where is your proof that he was on welfare?
42 posted on 03/24/2003 4:17:47 PM PST by merry10
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To: Diddle E. Squat
He was an illegal alien border jumper but I give him credit for making the ultimate sacrifice. The downside are the millions of illegals who have ZERO allegiance to the USA.

I honor him but not the LATimes which is an advocate for illegal immigration.
43 posted on 03/24/2003 4:21:42 PM PST by dennisw
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To: skeeter
If that's how you want to think, more power to you.

But I am willing to bet my original (pulled) post on that matter will prove to be accurate. If Michelle Malkin (who has thrown her share of cheap shots and made attempts to score cheap political points herself) proves me wrong, I'll admit so on this forum.
44 posted on 03/24/2003 4:31:41 PM PST by hchutch ("But tonight we get EVEN!" - Ice-T)
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To: dennisw
How do you know he was an illegal alien border jumper? Perhaps the family that took him in sponsored him here. So, you know? My parents came here from another country and were sponsored by others.
45 posted on 03/24/2003 4:45:29 PM PST by tenthirteen
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
There

Huh?

46 posted on 03/24/2003 4:45:49 PM PST by Tancredo Fan
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To: tenthirteen
How do you know he was an illegal alien border jumper?

Because all the major news networks said so.

47 posted on 03/24/2003 4:47:33 PM PST by Tancredo Fan
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Semper Fidelis. Would that our american-born youth comport themselves half as well as this young Marine.

"Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

48 posted on 03/24/2003 4:55:45 PM PST by semaj
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To: Diddle E. Squat
This just reduced me to tears...not only in sadness but in pride. My grandfather came here with nothing and made his own way also and gave back all he could. God bless this fine young man and may he rest in peace.
49 posted on 03/24/2003 5:19:23 PM PST by cowgirlcutie
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To: Velveeta
He came here seeking opportunity that he would never have at home. He has passed the torch of freedom to us. We need to keep it burning brightly.

Fly an American flag in his name.

50 posted on 03/24/2003 5:19:48 PM PST by pfflier
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