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Shane L. Goldman


Lance Cpl. Shane Lee Goldman, 19, of Orange, Texas, was killed Monday while on patrol in the turbulent city of Fallujah, where a mob killed four American civilians and mutilated their bodies last week. "He loved the Marines. Our whole family is full of Marines. He just wanted to carry out the family tradition," James Davis said of his cousin, who would have turned 20 next week. "He didn't have any reservations about what he was going to do. He said, 'Hey, it is my job. That is what I am going to do.' " Goldman, who joined the Marines in 2002, became engaged to his girlfriend a few months ago, said Davis, a police officer in Orange. Goldman served with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Davis said. It was his second stint in Iraq. After the liberation of Baghdad, his unit had returned to the United States before deploying again.

Shane joined the Marine Corps April 23, 2002. His personal awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Goldman was deployed last year in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and received a Purple Heart.

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