In memory of
Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson
By high school, you could tell what career Abraham Simpson wanted to pursue: The walls of his room were covered with Marine flags and stickers. He didn''t date much because he knew how hard it would be on a girlfriend if he died in combat.
"He wanted to be an influence everywhere he went and he believed God was going to use him in the Marines," said his mother, Maria Simpson.
Simpson, 19, of Chino, Calif., died Nov. 9 during a firefight in the U.S.-led push into Fallujah. A 2003 high school graduate, he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
An avid hiker, he arranged to leave for boot camp after taking part in a few important events: Boy Scout camp, a hiking trip in the Sierras and the Eagle Court of Honor ceremonies.
After the Marines, he planned to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Then he wanted to join the Los Angeles Police Department.
Simpson also is survived by his father, James.
His first dispatch to his parents from Iraq came June 21. "Dear Mom and Dad," it began. "It''s hard writing you guys because I don''t know what to say. It''s like goodbyes."
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