After Andrew Halverson graduated from Marine boot camp, he and his uncle went shopping for clothes on snazzy Hollywood Boulevard. Halverson, wearing his Marine uniform, walked with his head hung low. “He was unsure of himself and what he was”, said Halverson”s uncle, Rodney McFall. As they progressed down the street, Halverson began receiving salutes of “Semper Fi”, the Marine motto, from men along the street. “He started walking proud”, McFall recalled. “I was proud, proud of Andrew the man and Andrew the Marine”. Halverson, 19, of Grant, Wis., died Oct. 9 _ a day shy of his 20th birthday _ in gunfire in Anbar province. He graduated from high school in 2003 and was stationed at Camp Pendleton. He is survived by his parents, Angela McFall and Joel Halverson. Friends Marine Lance Cpl. Chad Pauls and Army National Guard Pfc. Jacob Lundgren recalled good times with Halverson in the days before he left for Iraq. When asked what they would say to him today, Pauls said, “Thanks for going over there and fighting for us”. Lundgren responded: “You did your job. Now it is our turn”.
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