Let the memory of Anthony be with us forever
  • 33 years old
  • Born on May 28, 1971 .
  • Passed away on May 8, 2005 .

Staff Sergeant Anthony L. Goodwin, 33, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, died May 9, 2005, from enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Al Qaim, Iraq.  He was assigned to 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Anthony Goodwin was still playing Pop Warner football and Little League when he had already decided what he wanted to be: a U.S. Marine.

He joined the ROTC as a high school freshman in the 1980s near San Antonio, Texas; his family moved to South Jersey just a few years later.

No matter, said Paul Cheney, Goodwin's father, at his home in Westampton. His son, killed Monday in Iraq, always felt his true home would be anywhere the Marines took him.

"He always intended to be a Marine," Cheney said yesterday. "He felt it was a noble and just career. He truly felt he was helping the Iraqi people."

Goodwin, 33, a married father of two, died from small-arms fire in combat near Al Qaim. A Staff Sergeant, he led an infantry unit patrolling western Iraq.

Goodwin's mother, Brenda, is already at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, staying with her son's widow, Kimberly, and the couple's daughter, Alyssa, and son, Oury.

Goodwin has a brother, Gregory, just shy of a year younger, who lives in Florence.

Goodwin was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He grew up mostly in Texas until Cheney moved the family to New Jersey for a better job.

The family settled in split-level home on Holly Lane in Westampton in the late 1980s. Goodwin attended Rancocas Valley High School in Mount Holly, and was gearing up for early admission to the military.

In all, he lived in Westampton for about 18 months.

Goodwin had recently signed up for a fourth tour in the Marines, his father said.

"He's highly decorated," Cheney said. "He did Kuwait, the Gulf War, then, of course, he did this last war. He served three tours in Iraq."

Goodwin had lived the last 17 years just outside Camp Lejeune.

He received numerous awards, including two combat-action ribbons. Among other honors, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal from Saudi Arabia, three Southwest Asia Service Medals, a Good Conduct Medal, and two certificates of commendation.

Goodwin was assigned to his current unit in February 2004 with a mission to "disrupt terrorist activities" and "conduct patrols to prevent insurgents from developing strongholds," a military spokesman said.

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