You are a great father! You are my Marine hero! And you will always be my hero forever!
— Vanessa Jimenez, daughter, 15, in a quickly penned poem after he died
A veteran of the first Gulf War, Jimenez was killed during his third deployment to Iraq. He had assured his daughter that it was the last time he would be going to war.
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who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, Aurora, Ore.
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