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Marine Sgt. Michael V. Lalush - KIA 03/30/03 #USMC 23yo #HonorTheFallen #NeverForgotten #HonorThem #SOT

Died March 30, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 23, of Troutville, Va.; assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Air Craft Group-39, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed in a helicopter crash in southern Iraq.Young Virginian ‘wanted to make a difference’ USA Today Michael Lalush liked to tinker. He could rebuild a lawn mower from a pile of bolts. He learned to weld and had a talent for woodworking. After he learned to drive, he rebuilt a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle so he’d have a car. But as good as he was with his hands, he was better with his heart. In a letter home from Iraq that his family received last week, the 23-year-old Marine sergeant from Troutville, Va., was effusive about his work as a Huey helicopter crewmember, helping evacuate wounded soldiers from the battlefield. “This is what it’s all about,” he wrot...

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