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LCpl Lawrence R. Philippon, USMC, 22, Hartford, CT (Iraq)

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Lawrence R. Philippon
Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps

May 9, 2005:
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- It was Mother's Day and their 24th wedding anniversary when Ray and Lisa Philippon learned that their son was killed in Iraq.

Details of Marine Lance Cpl. Lawrence Philippon's death were not available Monday, but Lisa Philippon said she figured instantly that bad news was being delivered Sunday when officials arrived at the family's West Hartford home.

"I knew. I saw the silhouettes of their hats and they got out and they walked toward our house," she told WVIT-TV.

In addition to his parents, Philippon, 22, leaves behind his fiancee, Olivia Lawrence.

"I never thought in any dream that I would first of all be marrying someone in the military, let alone sending someone off to war that just didn't come back," she said.

Philippon, a former hockey player at Conard High School, is the 24th soldier from Connecticut who was killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since March 2002.

His father said that before they received the news, he and his wife were feeling sad for parents who lost loved ones in the war.

"All day long we were feeling guilty that our son was safe and we were feeling bad for all the other 1,600 moms that their kids were lost in Iraq and we didn't even know our son had joined that club."

His parents said they plan to bury Philippon in Arlington National Cemetery. A date for a funeral has not been set.
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Wed May 11, 2005:
WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut - As a member of the Marine Corps Color Guard, Lance Cpl. Lawrence Philippon carried the flag at the funeral for President Reagan.

But his heart was in Iraq, where he was killed Sunday by small arms fire. His father said his son had asked to be assigned to the front lines.

"He'd been begging them for a while. Even though he enjoyed the color guard, he really wanted to be in Iraq. That is where it is all happening," Ray Philippon said.

Philippon and his wife, Leesa, learned Sunday that their son had been killed. It was Mother's Day and their 24th wedding anniversary.

The 22-year-old Marine was also engaged to be married in December to Olivia Lawrence.

"I never thought in any dream that I would first of all be marrying someone in the military, let alone sending someone off to war that just didn't come back," Lawrence said.

The Pentagon said early Tuesday that he was killed by small-arms fire Sunday during combat near Al Qa'im, Iraq. He was assigned to the Second Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Governor M. Jodi Rell on Tuesday ordered state flags flown at half-staff until Philippon is buried.

"We are all indebted to him for his service, and reminded of the sacrifices made by a great many men and women serving in our armed forces," Rell said in a statement. "I know the people of Connecticut join with me in sending our sincerest condolences to his family."

Also Tuesday, the state House of Representatives held a moment of silence in his honor.

Philippon, a former hockey player at Conard High School, is the 25th military member or civilian from Connecticut who was killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since March 2002.

His parents said they plan to bury Philippon in Arlington National Cemetery. A date for a funeral has not been set.
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In Hartford, Connecticut, his family mourned the death of 22-year-old Lance Corporal Lawrence R. Philippon. A rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, he was killed by small arms fire on Sunday near Al Qa'im.

As a member of the Marine Corps Color Guard, Philippon carried the flag last summer during the funeral for former President Reagan.

His father said this week that his son had asked to be assigned to the front lines.

"He'd been begging them for a while. Even though he enjoyed the color guard, he really wanted to be in Iraq. That is where it is all happening," Ray Philippon said.

Philippon and his wife, Leesa, learned Sunday that their son had been killed. It was Mother's Day and their 24th wedding anniversary.

Lawrence Philippon was engaged to be married in December to Olivia Lawrence.

"I never thought in any dream that I would first of all be marrying someone in the military, let alone sending someone off to war that just didn't come back," Lawrence said.

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell ordered state flags flown at half-staff until Philippon is buried.

"We are all indebted to him for his service, and reminded of the sacrifices made by a great many men and women serving in our armed forces," Rell said in a statement. "I know the people of Connecticut join with me in sending our sincerest condolences to his family."

On Tuesday, the state House of Representatives held a moment of silence in his honor.

Philippon, a former hockey player at Conard High School, is the 25th military member or civilian from Connecticut who was killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since March 2002.

His parents said they plan to bury Philippon in Arlington National Cemetery. A date for a funeral has not been set.

Philippon, whose unit was protecting the Iraq-Syrian border at the time of his death, had been awarded the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal, Edwards said.
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18 May 2005
Short life, big legacy
West Hartford Marine was committed to Iraq cause
PETER URBAN
Courtesy of the Connecticut Post
With more than 200 family, friends and fellow Marines in attendance, Lance Corporal Lawrence Philippon was buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery. The West Hartford, Conn., native was remembered for his bravery fighting in Iraq.
"Words cannot express the depth of sorrow we feel," said Lieutenant Michael Foskett, who serves as U.S. naval chaplain for the 8th & I Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. "His short life left quite a legacy."

Philippon, 22, was killed May 8 by small-arms fire during combat near Al Qa'im, Iraq. He had been in Iraq since February, assigned to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Before that, Philippon served with the 8th & I as a member of the Marine Corps Color Guard, and had the honor of carrying the flag at the state funeral of former President Reagan.

On Tuesday, five busloads of Marines from the 8th & I were at the cemetery to salute their "brother-in-arms." Dressed in formal blue-and-white uniforms, Marines flanked the road leading to Section 60, where those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

The Marines stood silently as 32 carloads of family and friends, many from Connecticut, drove up the road. Six Marine pallbearers silently carried Philippon's flag-draped casket up a small, grassy hill to his gravesite, where family and friends solemnly gathered.

His father, Raymond, mother, Lisa, and his fiance, Olivia Lawrence, sat on folding chairs nearest the gravesite.

Foskett said Philippon was remembered by friends in the 8th & I as easygoing and devoted to his fiance. And while he performed his duties in the Color Guard to the fullest, Philippon had clearly wanted to join the fight in Iraq.

He was a brave Marine, who died protecting the nation from terrorism, Foskett said.

Foskett urged those gathered to live as Philippon had lived, building a legacy based on duty, family and God.

"A good name is better than fine perfume," he said, quoting from Ecclesiastes.

Following the eulogy, Philippon was honored by a 21-gun salute and a bugler played taps. The pallbearers folded the American flag that draped his casket and Gunnery Sergeant Barry L. Baker, Marine Barracks 8th & I, presented it to his mother and a second to his fiance.

Philippon was the 131st person killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lance Corporal John T. Schmidt of Brookfield, Connecticut, who died last week after serving in Iraq, will be buried in Arlington next week. That ceremony is closed to the public.
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