We had 20 years with him. And he brought us great joy.
— Angela O'Day, mother
Born in Scotland, O'Day came to United States at age 3. During Marine boot camp, he overcame stress fractures in his legs and went to the Middle East for what he called his "Persian Excursion." His wife, Shauna, gave birth to their child several months after he was killed.
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