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Spec James L. Beckstrand
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Birth: Jan. 22, 1977
Reno
Washoe County
Nevada, USA
Death: Apr. 29, 2004
Baghdad, Iraq

Spc. James L. Beckstrand of Escondido, California was born in Reno and moved to Escondido, a north San Diego suburb, in third grade. After graduating from Escondido High School in 1995 and worked a few odd jobs before enlisting in the Marine Corps serving from September 1995 to September 1999, then took a year off from the military and then joined the Army in December 2000. He had already finished one tour in Iraq, part of the first wave of soldiers transported to the region for the invasion in 2003. When he returned to the United States, he married his Italian-born wife, Marilena, over the summer. They had a honeymoon in Escondido and a few months together before he was deployed again, first to Germany, then Iraq. In Baghdad, he served on a patrol team that detected and removed bombs from roads near the city. In his down time, he liked to hang out with friends and surf. He is survived by his wife, Marilena, and his parents, J.L. Beckstrand and Kathleen Genoway. He died when a vehicle approached his unit and the driver detonated a bomb at age 27.

Army
4th Battalion
27th Field Artillery Regiment
1st Armored Division
Baumholder, Germany 
 
Burial:
Meadow Cemetery
Meadow
Millard County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Jul 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14795826
Spec James L. Beckstrand
Added by: Elizabeth Reed
 
Spec James L. Beckstrand
Added by: Elizabeth Reed
 
Spec James L. Beckstrand
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SPC. U.S. Army. Operation Iraq Freedom. 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division. Bronze Star Medal. Purple Heart. My respects Sir.
- Mike Endress--Alabama-USA
 Added: Apr. 29, 2016

- Mike Endress--Alabama-USA
 Added: Apr. 29, 2014
Happy New Year Little Brother. You will always be my hero. I love you.
- your sister Lucy
 Added: Jan. 1, 2012
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