Marine Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre

Marine Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre

Died March 20, 2003 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

30, of Bloomington, Ill.; assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed in a CH-46E helicopter crash in Kuwait.

In his tiny hometown of St. Anne, Ill., Marine Capt. Ryan Beaupre was known for his unruly red hair and easy smile. He was the type to surrender his turn on the phone to other Marines with wives and children back home, family and friends said. Beaupre, a graduate of Bishop McNamara High School and Illinois Wesleyan University, died March 21 in a helicopter crash near the Iraq border. He had joined the Marine Corps in 1995. The family has two other children, Kari Leisure, 28, and Christopher, 22.

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