Lance Cpl. Mourad Ragimov lied to his mother about his destination when it was time for the Marine to ship out from Okinawa to Iraq. "He didn't want me to know," said his mother, Dinara Ragimov. "His sister, his father and quite a few close friends knew." He survived heavy fighting in Fallujah, "and then he called me the early morning after Christmas and said, 'Mom, now I can tell you the truth. I've been in Iraq and didn't want you to know. But the awful part has already passed, and now I can tell you I'm fine and safe and pretty soon I'll be sent back to Japan.' " Ragimov, 20, was strong, and didn't want his family to worry, his mother said. But he also had an artistic side, and played guitar. He was 18 years old when he went to boot camp in 2002. "We begged him not to go," Dinara Ragimov said. "For two years he kind of tried to listen to us, but eventually he said, 'No way, Mom, no way, Dad, you cannot stop me. I made this decision.' He was an amazing son and an amazing brother, and that's why we'll miss him.
Called United States Marine
The man who will go where his colors go without asking, who will fight a phantom foe in a jungle or a mountain range, and who will suffer and die; in the midst of incredible hardship, without complaint, is still what he has always been, from Imperial Rome to sceptered Britain to democratic America. He is the stuff of which legends are made. His pride is his colors and his regiment, his training hard and thorough and coldly realistic, to fit him for what he must face, and his obedience is to his orders. As a legionnaire, he held the gates of civilization for the classical world...today he is called United States Marine. Semper Fi Brother Marine.