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Corp Travis Desiato
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Birth: unknown
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 2004, Iraq

A 19-year-old Marine from Bedford was killed Monday during fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, where coalition forces have been fighting insurgents for more than week. Lance Cpl. Travis Desiato's death was announced by U.S. Rep. John Tierney's office on Tuesday, after notification by the Department of Defense. Desiato's father, Joseph Desiato, said his son joined the service soon after graduating from Bedford High School in 2003 and had been serving in Iraq since June. "He did his job," Joseph Desiato said. Desiato turned down safer assignments "because he felt he was most needed and could best serve by going to Iraq," said family friend Sam Mendales, who read a statement from the family outside the Desiato home on Tuesday. "He came from a small town, but he had a big heart and loved his family," Mendales said. Desiato was a standout athlete in baseball and football, but he also had a gentle side, working with kids in a nursery school program and summer camp, Bedford High School Principal Jon Sills said. After joining the Marines, Desiato returned to school in uniform to talk with students about the importance of commitment, he said. "He was really very well loved and highly respected, a very interesting kid who marched to the beat of his own drum," Sills said. "He was a unique kid and a compelling young man. We will miss him dearly." (Desiato also leaves his wife, Tracey. The pair, who were high school sweethearts, married five months ago.)Tierney, D-Mass., sent his condolences to the family, saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. I hope that their son's heroic service to our country is a comfort to them during this sad time." Desiato is the 31st serviceman with Massachusetts ties to be killed in Iraq, officials said, and the second from Bedford, a town of about 13,000 people 15 miles northwest of Boston. 
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Record added: Nov 16, 2004
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