She had a compassionate heart and a warrior spirit.
— Edmund Bowen, lieutenant colonel
Navarro Arellano, one of six children raised by a single mother, was nicknamed "Chica," according to the U.S. Marines in a story about her memorial service. Her death notice said she was born in Mexico and, along with her twin sister, became a U.S. citizen at 13.
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Ray A. Ramirez, 20, Sacramento
Jeffrey C. Baker, 29, Hesperia
William J. Gilbert, 24, Hacienda Heights
Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, Palmdale
Herman Mackey III, 30, Bakersfield
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