KIA January 30, 2005
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to Combat Service Support Battalion 1, Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California
LCpl Nazario Serrano died January 30, 2005 when he was struck in the chest by small arms fire in the Iraq province of Anbar.
Before Nazario’s untimely death, his family was preparing to plan for his wedding. The 20-year-old Marine was to return from Iraq in two weeks to meet his son, Landon Heath, born four months prior, and marry his high-school sweetheart,Amanda Story. Nazario had seen photos of his son, but had yet to meet him. “He saw him only in pictures and on the Internet,” said Nazario’s father, Jesus. “They were just waiting for him to come back … He was going to get married and start his life.”
Nazario was a 2003 graduate of Irving High School, where two of his brothers, Javier and Daniel, also later attended. He is the second service member from the school to be killed in Iraq. SPC Josiah Vandertulip, a 2002 graduate, was killed October 14, 2004 when his patrol came under fire in Baghdad. Nazario had joined the Marines 18 months prior to his death and had volunteered for duty in Iraq. He spent the last five months working in demolitions and clearing mines. Before enlisting in the Marines, Nazario enjoyed playing basketball, hunting, and riding his motorcycle.
LCpl Nazario Serrano was 20 years old from Irving, Texas.
Original portrait was presented May 22, 2015 to Nazario’s family at a memorial event hosted by Irving High School and American Airlines.
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