Thursday, April 17, 2003

Marine from Ohio buried

Tristate reacts to war

[IMAGE] Marines from Detachment 1 Communications Company, Peru, Ind. fire their weapons during a 21-gun salute at the funeral of Pfc. Christian Gurtner in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City, Ohio, Wednesday. Gurtner was killed in Iraq.
(Associated Press photo)
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VAN WERT - White-gloved Marines wearing blue dress uniforms and high school friends carrying a bowling pin gathered Wednesday for the funeral of the first reported death of an Ohioan in the war in Iraq.

Christian Gurtner, 19, a private first class who joined the Marines in March 2002, died April 2 when his weapon accidentally went off in southern Iraq. He was an infantry scout assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

His funeral is the last of the services for the three Ohio soldiers who have died in the war.

Friends say Gurtner loved bowling, the Atlanta Braves and Ohio State football. The bowling pin that his friends brought to the service was signed by his bowling teammates and friends.

Burial will be in his hometown of nearby Ohio City, a farming community of about 800 people about 75 miles southwest of Toledo.

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