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Maj Richard John Gannon, II

Maj Richard John Gannon, II

North Carolina, USA
Death 17 Apr 2004 (aged 31)
Anbar, Iraq
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial ID 8684425 · View Source
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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.


US Marine Corps
Al Anbar Province
Iraq KIA
Purple Heart
Operation Iraqi Freedom

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Richard John Gannon, II (30 May 1972–17 Apr 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8684425, citing Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Joe Walker (contributor 23317045) .