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Maj Richard John Gannon, II
Birth: May 30, 1972
North Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 2004
Anbar, Iraq

Gannon, 31, of Escondido was one of four Marines killed just days later during a firefight April 17 in Al Anbar province. The skilled horseman and married father of four was a company commander in the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Twentynine Palms, Calif.An excellent student at Escondido High School, Gannon attended Cornell University on a Navy scholarship, graduating with a double major of political science and history. He took advanced leadership training at the Naval Academy, and was commissioned as a Marine officer in 1995. Although his father, a Marine who survived North Vietnam's Tet Offensive in 1968, "was not anxious to see any of my children join the military," he said he was proud when his son became a Marine.
Lima Company's main goal in Al Anbar province was to provide humanitarian aid. But the Marines quickly encountered resistance from insurgents. "He told me they were facing some real challenges, that they had sustained several casualties, that this was an entirely different situation" than the initial invasion, said Gannon Sr., 60. "But he always left us with the assurance that he was going to be fine. 'Don't worry about me, I'm good.' He never said, 'I've got to get out of this place.' " His mother, Theresa, 51, said she didn't "know what he was like as a leader in the military. I only knew him as my son. And as my son, he was affectionate. He was a wonderful son. He just gave me one moment after another to be proud of."Gannon also is survived by his wife, Sally; and four children ages 2 to 12 Connor, Patrick, Richard III and Maria.  
 
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US Marine Corps
Al Anbar Province
Iraq KIA
Purple Heart
Operation Iraqi Freedom

 
Burial:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
 
Created by: Joe Walker
Record added: Apr 26, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8684425
Maj Richard John Gannon, II
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MAJ. U.S. Marine Corps. Operation Iraq Freedom. 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Purple Heart. My respects Sir.
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