- 20 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 5, 1985
- Date of passing: Jun 20, 2006
|Let the memory of Chris be with us forever|
In the Marine Corps, Christopher Leon found the direction and discipline that had been lacking in his high school years.
He signed up during his junior year and left for boot camp in San Diego shortly after graduating from Lancaster High School in June 2004.
He loved the camaraderie, the high sense of purpose and the physically demanding regimen of the corps.
In less than two years, he was a corporal, a swift rise indicating that the Marine Corps saw in him the bravery and leadership it prizes. He was already talking of becoming a sergeant.
He excelled in the martial arts program and was part of a specialized unit trained in the dangerous and difficult task of guiding fire support for infantry troops.
Even before he finished his first tour of duty in Iraq, he talked of extending his enlistment so he could serve a second tour with "my Marines." It was not to happen.
Leon, 20, a chief radio operator, was killed June 20 by a sniper's bullet as he and other members of the 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company were on a rooftop protecting Army troops patrolling the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, west of Baghdad.
He is survived by his parents, Jim and Kathi Leon; his birth mother, Nikki Ruhl; his grandparents, Lucien and Rita Hemond; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. His funeral was July 1.
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