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Marine Capt. Aaron J. Contreras Died March 30, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 31, of Sherwood, Ore.; assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Aircraft Group-39, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed in a helicopter crash in southern Iraq. Religious father of three was ‘determined at everything’ By Patrick McMahon USA Today To his hometown parish priest, Marine Capt. Aaron Contreras, 31, was a devout Catholic who knew his Bible inside and out. “He was a very unusual young man in a spiritual way,” recalled the Rev. Tom McCarthy, a priest at St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood, Ore., a suburb of Portland. “Aaron was very religious, and believed in his church,” said his father Edward, a Vietnam veteran. Contreras played football, basketball and ran some track in high school. “He was determined in everything he di...

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