Washington State Fallen Heroes Project
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"LCPL Caleb J. Powers, 21, of Mansfield, Washington, died Aug 17, 2004, due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Lance Corporal Powers was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California.
In life, Caleb Powers was a hero, pure and simple. In death, depending on one's point of view, the young Marine might be considered a hero, a martyr, a victim--or all three. His wrenching and complex story of triumph and tragedy, ending with his August 17, 2004, death in Iraq crystallizes the conflicting emotions currently raging over the war.
The 21-year-old Marine Corps Lance Corporal never saw the sniper who shot him while on guard duty in Ramadi, Iraq. This time he never had a chance to fight back the way he did during a troubled childhood. Powers grew up battling unseen forces that might well have crushed most others. Doctors were puzzled by Caleb's childhood emotional problems, his mother, Tracy Powers of North Stafford, said. She said attention deficit disorder and bipolar disorder were suggested as possibilities and Caleb was put on different drugs including Ritalin and lithium.
The indomitable will of a young boy who dreamed of becoming a Marine persevered, friends said. But the dedication and enthusiasm of a young Marine could not."