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Joseph P. Bier


Marine Corps

Date of Birth:

Date of Death:

October 1, 1983

December 7, 2005

Place of Death:


Cemetery Location:

Grave site:

Ramadi, Iraq

Tahoma National Cemetery

Kent, WA

Not Listed

Joseph P. Bier couldn't wait to fight. Really, he couldn't. His first assignment took him to the Bangor Submarine Base, where he unhappily pulled security duty for a few years. He eventually got to go to Iraq as a machine gunner. He was very excited and anxious to finally fight alongside his fellow Marines. "I thought, ''Finally, I get to do what Marines do," he said back then. "It took me three years to get here, but I am glad to finally deploy." 

Bier, 22, of Centralia, Wash., was killed Dec. 7 by an explosive in Ramadi. 

He was home-schooled and was assigned to Twentynine Palms. Bier had his own ideas on what life in Iraq would be like, and found them to be a little off when he actually stepped foot on the streets of Ramadi. "I expected this place to be a little more hectic, to have more enemy contact," he told a newspaper. "I'm a little disappointed, I think it's a little quiet. I expected more to happen here." In a letter released to the media, his family wrote: "Joe was a challenging child to raise because he was always trying to live to his potentials and occasionally beyond them."

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