February 13, 2005
Sunday, January 30 2005,
PittsburghLive -- One of the Marines killed in the U.S. military's
deadliest crash of the Iraq war spent some of his childhood in
Lance Cpl. Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi Jr., 24, who
attended sixth and eighth grades in the Moniteau School District,
was among the 30 Marines killed Wednesday, when
a helicopter crashed in a sandstorm near Ar Rutbah. One sailor also died in
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"I talked to him 10 days ago," said Jafarkhani-Torshizi's grandmother,
Travis, of Slippery Rock Borough. "He said it (Iraq) is a bad place, but
they were all doing their job, protecting each other's back and would be happy
to get back home."
Jafarkhani-Torshizi, who spent most of his childhood
in Fort Worth, Texas, served with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which
is based at Kaneohe Bay in
"He was just a typical American young man. He liked music. He liked sports.
liked having a good time. He made friends easily," Gladys Travis said.
was the only child of Rani Travis, who is staying with her mother in Slippery
Rock. His father, Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi Sr., who is in Iran on business,
has dual citizenship in Iran and the United States.
to become a police officer. He joined the Marines about 18 months ago because
he felt it would give him a solid foundation for
his career, his grandmother said.
Although Jafarkhani-Torshizi was proud to serve
his country, his grandmother said she doesn't believe young U.S. soldiers should
be fighting and dying in
"I said before they went into Iraq that I thought it was
a terrible mistake. It's just sad all these wonderful young people
are going over there," she said.
A memorial service will be scheduled at Smith Funeral Home in
Slippery Rock. The family is planning a burial in St. Charles Cemetery
near New Bethlehem, Clarion
Sent by Arsalan Hedayat
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