August 15, 2004 6:00 AM

Bright outlook stood with Marine until end

Ryan Jerabek was enthralled with Ireland, his ancestral home. He and his older brother Aaron visited Ireland once, the fulfillment of a boyhood dream. He was an old soul, Aaron said. Ryan watched the History Channel, read a lot. Anything Celtic interested him. As a member of Echo Companys weapons platoon, Ryan wore a silver Celestial Celtic cross, jingling with his dog tags against his chest. Various symbols were etched in the metal: the sun, the moon, earth, water, fire and air, all meant to bring balance and harmony.

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