- "Where did we find such men? They are typical of this land as the Founding Fathers were typical. We found them in our streets, in the offices, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms." - President Ronald Reagan, January 25, 1974
Marine Geoffrey Morris was killed in action in Fallujah. Just seven hours after his death, the doorbell to his father's home rang with the arrival of a notification team from Great Lakes Naval Base.
Private First Class Morris was a 19 year old man from suburban Chicago (Gurnee) and was a machine gunner with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Expeditionary Force.
You need to hear what his father has to say:
Marine killed in Iraq believed in cause, says his dadSemper Fi, Marine, Semper Fi...
''As I understand it, he was protecting his comrades, doing his duty,'' Morris said. He said three other troops also in the Humvee were not injured. Officials have not released details about Geoffrey Morris' death.
Morris said his son firmly believed in his mission. ''It meant a lot to him to be a defender of his country, but also the defender of the right of the Iraqi people to choose their government and how they want to live,'' he said.
When the two last talked about a week ago, the younger Morris once again told his father about his duty. ''He said, 'As soon as they stop killing each other, stop killing us, we're out of here. But we're not leaving until the job is done.'
''He did not want to die but he said many times and in letters . . . 'If I do die, Dad, I want you to know that I am right with God and everything will be OK.' ''...