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LCpl John Travis Sparks
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Birth: Oct. 3, 1987
Death: Oct. 8, 2010, Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. John T. Sparks, 23, of Chicago, Ill., died Oct. 8 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. John found his comfort zone operating machine guns, so much that it prompted one comrade to say Sparks "loved" the weapons. He also loved to drive snazzy cars, watch WWE wrestling and chow down on pizza, tacos or macaroni and cheese, according to his obituary. "He always carried his weight, and when others couldn't, John would pick up their slack," his roommate, Cpl. Jeffery Holsey, said during a memorial in Afghanistan, according to an account of the event posted online by the 1st Marine Division. "He was a selfless person," Holsey said. "He always gave everything and never asked for anything in return." The military said the machine gunner from Chicago was killed Oct. 8 days after his 23rd birthday during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He had enlisted in 2008 and was assigned to Camp Pendleton. Sparks attended Chicago's Paul Robeson High School, where he played football and ran track, and went on to Westwood College, where he studied criminal justice. Survivors include his mother, father and brother. 
 
Burial:
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Elwood
Will County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section 3 Site 598
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Oct 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60005943
LCpl John Travis Sparks
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LCpl John Travis Sparks
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LCpl John Travis Sparks
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John 6:40 "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." ~ In Memory of LCpl John Travis Sparks ~~ Thank you,
- Velma
 Added: May. 19, 2015
Respects on your Angel Day. Thank You.
- Mike Endress---Alabama-USA
 Added: Oct. 8, 2014
Never forgotten, Prayers for your family,
- Velma
 Added: Jun. 20, 2014
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