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Old 08-07-2009, 06:45 PM
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Post L/CPL James D. Argentine, 22, Farmingdale, NY (Afghanistan)

DOD NEWS RELEASE No. 593-09 Dated August 07, 2009


The Department of Defense announced today the death of four Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The following Marines died Aug. 6 while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan:
Lance Cpl. James D. Argentine, 22, of Farmingdale, N.Y.

Lance Cpl. Travis T. Babine, 20, of San Antonio, Texas.

Cpl. Christian A. Guzman Rivera, 21, of Homestead, Fla.

Sgt. Jay M. Hoskins, 24, of Paris, Texas.

Argentine, Babine and Hoskins were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

Guzman Rivera was assigned to the 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

For additional background information on Argentine, Babine or Hoskins, news media representatives may contact the Marine Corps Base Hawaii public affairs office at(808) 257-8870.

For additional background information on Guzman Rivera, news media representatives may contact the III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Bases Japan public affairs office at 011-81-611-745-0790 or e-mail them at okinawapao@usmc.mil .


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Old 08-09-2009, 06:19 PM
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August 8, 2009 By ANN GIVENS

James Argentine's first day at St. Anthony's High School was Sept. 11, 2001.

On that day, nine of his peers lost their parents in the Twin Towers, including two boys who would eventually be among Argentine's closest friends, Argentine's high school English teacher, Denise Creighton, said Saturday.

The tragedy made an impression that would stay with Argentine throughout his life and lead him to make a choice that few of his fellow students shared: to join the military, Creighton said.

Lance Cpl. Argentine, 22, of Farmingdale, was among three Hawaii-based Marines killed Thursday in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb. The men were supporting combat operations in Farah province, the Department of Defense said.

"In my mind, James is a hero," said Creighton, who is helping to organize a Mass in Argentine's honor Sunday at 4 p.m. in the St. Anthony's school chapel. "He could have had an easy life, but he wanted to serve. And he made the ultimate sacrifice."

The service will be open to the public, Creighton said.

Relatives who answered the door Saturday at Argentine's parents' house on Prospect Street said the family is not yet ready to talk publicly about their son.

But from St. Anthony's in South Huntington to the quaint, tree-lined street in Farmingdale where Argentine grew up, friends and neighbors remembered a boy who was close to his parents and who made the most of every day.

Neighbor Pat Dankowitz said her children and Argentine grew up together, and she remembers shuttling him around in car pools, accompanying him to trick or treat on Halloween, and seeing him walk out the door on his first day of school.

"He was just the sweetest, most sincere kid you'd ever want to meet," she said. Even as a teenager, when most kids avoid adults with fervor, she said Argentine would stop the car if he saw her in front of her house to ask about her and her family.

Christina Buehler, a St. Anthony's French teacher who tutored Argentine for a year, said Argentine had a close relationship with his parents, and appreciated the sacrifices they made for him, from getting him the tutor to sending him to private school.

"I just remember one time when his relatives were visiting that he was truly excited about getting back inside to see them" after his French lesson was over, Buehler said. "I thought that was so nice at that age, when usually kids want to run away from adults."

After graduating from high school in 2005, Argentine attended SUNY Oneonta for a year, teachers and friends said. He joined the Marine Corps in October 2006.

He was deployed to Iraq for about eight months last year, several friends said.

St. Anthony's Principal Brother Gary Cregan said Argentine had close friends and was involved in a host of school activities, from Ultimate Frisbee to creative writing.

But he said the activity that he was most involved in, and the one that said the most about his personality, was stage crew, assembling lights and sets for school performances.

"It's a thankless job," Cregan said. "You're always behind the scenes, ensuring that other people's lighting and staging are perfect. It was a testament to his willingness to be of service in a quiet, gentle way."

Cregan continued: "When I heard that he had put his life on the line to be of service, I was deeply saddened, but I was not shocked."

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