The volatile region of the Al Anbar province in Iraq claimed the life of a young man from Maine on March 13. Angel Rosa, 21, joined the Marines just last year and his death during combat operations came barely two months into his first tour in Iraq.
Friends and family describe Rosa as a proud Puerto Rican-born man, an accomplished athlete, gregarious, a natural leader. Rosa and his wife, 21-year-old Elise, were married less than a year ago.
Jeanne Baron reports for member station MPBN in Portland.