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LCPL Justin McLeese

United States Marine Corps LCPL Justin McLeese grew up in Covington, LA and joined the Marines after high school in 2003 to protect and defend his country after 9/11. Justin served with the 1st Marine Division, 3/1 - the Thundering Third, and was deployed to Iraq in 2004. He was killed in action in the Battle of Fallujah during high intensity urban combat. He has received a number of awards including the Bronze Star V for Valor in Combat, the Purple Heart and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Justin was an adored only son, the youngest of the 4 McLeese children. He was kind, funny, strong and a natural leader with many friends. Justin "JM" was an all-district defensive end for Covington High School’s Football Team. He was an all-American young man with a great future. We were blessed to have such an incredible son. He is loved and missed beyond measure...JM Forever.

Justin McLeese