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9/7/06-Longview

Longview Marine Killed In Iraq

An East Texas Marine is killed when a car bomb explodes in Iraq.  26 year old Marine Sergeant John Stock was killed along with two other Marines Thursday when a suicide car bomber hit a traffic checkpoint. A candle and an American flag accompanied the picture of Sergeant Stock this morning at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Stocks 3rd Battalion Bravo Company was at a checkpoint in Anbar province when a car bomb exploded.

"Even though you know it can happen, it's still a total shock. Your first thought is his family.  His wife, his child and his newborn baby" said Stock family friend Jamie Griffith.

He was schooled at St. Mary's until 8th grade and was a graduate of Longview high school. He was a member of the swim team and is remembered as a strong-willed young man.

"It was what he chose to do and how he chose to live his life. "It's just an extension of how he always lived his life. He always put 100 percent into everything," said Stock's 7th grade teacher Laurie Dohanich.

Everyone that knew him says Stock personified what it was to be a Marine. He was tough and committed.

"His strong belief in patriotism and good character is one of the reasons I believe he chose to join the Marines and to serve his country," said Griffith.

"He never wasted a minute of life and I think a lot of people do and a lot have regrets," Dohanich said.  

Stock leaves behind a wife, a step-son and a 9 month old baby boy. 

If you would like to help his family with their expenses, a memorial fund has been set up.

You can make donations to the John Stock Family Fund at Spring Hill State Bank in Longview.

Bob Hallmark bhallmark@kltv.com .

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