Michigan Soldier Killed in Iraq

By Anu Prakash
Web produced by Christine Lasek
November 15, 2004

A Michigan father who lost his son in Iraq found the strength to share his sorrow with 7 Action News. Lance Corporal Justin Ellsworth died Saturday during an attack near Fallujah. His father is a police officer in Oakland Co.

There were many heavy hearts Monday at the Wolverine Lake Police Department, where Sergeant John Ellsworth got the news late Saturday night that his son Justin had been killed in Iraq.

With his wife at his side, Sergeant John Ellsworth read a statement about his 20-year-old son, Lance Corporeal Justin Ellsworth.

"Justin was not only a great marine, but a great person also," Sergeant Ellsworth read. "In my many conversations with him in the last few weeks, he would tell me of all the good they were doing, and get mad at what was being reported to the public.

"Justin would say, 'Dad, we are making a difference to these people.' I truly believe that Justin died doing what he loves, and he was very proud of his work."

Ellsworth's unit was on patrol in the city of Fallujah, when it was hit with an improvised explosive device. Justin Ellsworth and 4 other brave marines were killed.

Ellsworth graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School. His family said he was police, respectful, passionate, and so much more.

"He was a wonderful son, a great brother, and a very proud United States marine," Sergeant Ellsworth read. "Lance Corporeal Justin Ellsworth will always be a hero to the thousands of lives he has touched on this earth."

Ellsworth last saw his family in July, and he went to Iraq in September. Thus far, no funeral arrangements have been set.

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