Daniel R Wyatt

Laura Watson will never forget the day Daniel Wyatt proposed. It was March 9 _ the same day he was called up for active duty that would eventually take him to Iraq. “He proposed to me at 8 o”clock in the morning, and at 8 at night, 12 hours later, he got the call”, she said. The prospect of her fiance going to war made Watson bawl, but she said Wyatt”s response was even. “I”ve been training for three years”, he told her. ”This is the time people need me to help”. Wyatt, 22, of Calendonia, Wis., died Oct. 12 in Babil province, southwest of Baghdad. An honors student who loved music, history and sports, Wyatt joined the Marine Reserves out of a desire to serve the country and went to boot camp right after high school. He was based in Chicago. “Some people are born to serve”, said his stepmother, Kathy Sullivan. After boot camp, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee but later went to Milwaukee Area Technical College where he was studying to become a police officer. He is survived by his father, David Wyatt. His mother died when he was a boy.

RACINE – Marine Lance Corporal Daniel R. Wyatt, 22, passed away while serving his country in Babil Province, Iraq, Tuesday, October 12, 2004.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Avenue, Friday, October 22, 2004, 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Joseph G. Stobba OSA officiating.

Interment with full Military Honors will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Racine Youth Sports or Caledonia Baseball-Softball League Incorporated have been suggested.

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Age: 22
Incident Location: Babil province, Iraq
Branch: Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division
Units Base: Chicago, Illinois