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Keaton Coffey, senior year, 2007 (from The Oregonian)

Your family said you wanted to be a Marine since you were a boy.

They said after 9/11 you wanted only to defend your country.

I learned this after you died, five days ago, fighting in Afghanistan.

You were only 22.

I read in the paper that you were “every parent’s dream” — “one of the good ones” — an only son.

The report of your death noted: “He had been assigned to 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, 1st Marine Headquarters Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was the 153rd service member with Oregon and Southwestern ties to die in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, according to a list compiled by The Oregonian.”

You were due to come home soon. You were to be married in July.

My heart aches for your fiance, and for your family.

Farewell, Keaton Coffey … my prayers are with everyone who loved you.