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Brent T Vroman

The day after Brent T. Vroman died, heads were bowed around a high school wrestling meet. An announcement about Vroman’s death sparked an immediate silence. “You all knew Brent Vroman was one of our own,” the announcer said. Vroman, 21, of Oshkosh, Wis., died Dec. 13 during an attack in Babil province. He was stationed in Chicago. Before he joined the Marines, Brent Vroman followed in his older brother’s footsteps as an outstanding wrestler. Brent won conference and regional titles during his career and won letters in football, baseball and track. He graduated in 2001 and worked as a corrections officer at the New Lisbon Correctional Institution before enlisting in the Marine Reserves in October 2002. “His enthusiasm for anything _ from wrestling to hunting and fishing, just sheer life _ it was beyond anybody else’s expectation. He took everything with the most passion and enthusiasm you could possibly have,” said Jeff McGee, a friend. He is survived by his parents, Pam DeGroot and Bob Vroman.

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Age: 21
Incident Location: Babil province, Iraq
Branch: Marines
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division
Units Base: Chicago, Illinois