Middle East

August 15, 2004

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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