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Posted: 1/7/2005 4:55:07 PM EDT
Omaha Marine Dies Same Day His Son Is Born

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A 23-year-old Omaha Marine died while fighting in Iraq, the same day he became a father, family members said Tuesday.

Shane Kielion's son was born at about 10 a.m. Monday and Kielion died just hours later, said his aunt Karma Matthews.

Matthews said Kielion never found out he had become a dad.

Kielion, who was on his second tour in Iraq, graduated from Omaha South High School in 1999 and married his high school sweetheart, April, the mother of his new baby.

His former teachers and coaches said he was the quarterback of the football team and a role model.

Football coach Jay Ball said when Kielion came to visit in August, he bragged about his soon-to-be family.

"He was excited about his baby on the way and he always told me how beautiful his wife was," Ball told KM3 News in Omaha.

Ball said Kielion's memory will still be there to inspire his new son.

The family was not immediately giving interviews about Kielion's death.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 4:58:25 PM EDT
This happened a couple of weeks ago.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 5:00:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Btownboy:
This happened a couple of weeks ago.

oh, it was just posted on another board with no date. my bad.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 5:29:44 PM EDT
Thanks for posting it, I missed it.

Link Posted: 1/7/2005 5:34:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/8/2005 6:56:01 AM EDT
tragic semper fi.
Link Posted: 1/8/2005 6:58:32 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/8/2005 7:51:34 AM EDT
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