C. da Silva's words in his letter were very poignant. It is sad. Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez was only 22 years old. He is one of more than 30,000 aliens who have volunteered to serve in the US military (an impressive 2 percent of 1.4 million soldiers). When these aliens volunteered to serve in the US armed forces, they swore to defend the Constitution. Our Declaration of Independence states: ".....that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.....".
This Marine died fighting for these rights. Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, I salute you and I mourn for you.
Richard E. Baer
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