Corp Andrew Steven Dang

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Corp Andrew Steven Dang

San Mateo, San Mateo County, California, USA
Death 21 Mar 2004 (aged 20)
Burial San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Sction 2B Site 4547
Memorial ID 8577565 · View Source
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Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Dang, 20, of Foster City, was killed March 21 when his unit was attacked with grenades and gunfire while on patrol near Ramadi in western Iraq.

Dang excelled in robotics at Aragon High in San Mateo. "He was a mechanical genius," said Faustine, the robotics team mentor. "He could put things together with blinding speed."

Led by what Faustine called "Andrew's crazy skills," the robotics team finished in fifth place out of 55 West Coast schools in its first year.

Dang graduated from Aragon High with a 3.7 grade point average and planned to go to college.

Faustine said Dang knew "college opportunities were going to be difficult to achieve," so he joined the military to help him pay for his education.

Dang joined the Marines last April, about a month after the war in Iraq began. He trained at Camp Pendleton and was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Expeditionary Force.

"What was best about Andrew was that, if he got his hands on something, he followed through to the end," said his father, Dung Dang, 44, a software consultant in Hayward, Calif."He was very strong, very determined … that's the thing that made him successful."

The elder Dang said that, after fleeing himself from communist Vietnam two decades ago, he could understand why his son had joined the military. "Coming here from Vietnam, I felt he was protecting the freedom I had gained," his father said. "I'm very proud of what he did."

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