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Marine's death a real reality check

Updated: May 8, 2009, 6:55 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

His name was Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Anthony Wojciechowski -- "Tony Wojo," for short -- and he returned home to Ohio from the Al Anbar province of Iraq on Thursday afternoon in a flag-draped casket.

He was 25, only a year older than LeBron James and the same age as Aaron Rodgers, Dustin Pedroia and my youngest daughter, Taylor. According to the Department of Defense news release, he was killed in action "while supporting combat operations." It was his second tour of duty.

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