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Obit: Cpl. Joseph Fite - USMC Active Duty

Posted: 13 Jan 2005 7:06PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 14 Jan 2005 12:34AM GMT
Surnames: Fite
Olin Fite talked wtih his son, a US Marine reservist serving in Iraq by insatnt message Friday.
" I told him more than once that I was very proud of what he was doing over there, that he would be seen by very young Iraquis...and that they would draw their more true impressions of what Americans are like from their experience," Olin Fite said.
Two days later, Fite, a Vietnam veteran who lives in Round Rock TX, learned that his son had been killed.
Cpl. Joseph E. Fite, 23, of Round Rock, was manning a checkpoint at 2:30 p.m. Sunday 9 Jan 2005 Iraqui time when a driver crashed through the barricades and struck him,Olin Fite said. Military officials said Fite died in the Al Anbar Province. Additional details about his death were not released.
"He died with his boots on and his rifle in his hands,"Olin Fite said."The honor that he has done my family is immeasurable."
Joseph Fite was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve's 1st Battalion,23rd Marine Regiment of the 4th Marine Division in Austin. He is at least the 121st Texas Sevice member to die in Iraq since the war started March 20,2003, according to Defense Department records.
Fite played the trombone in the Round Rock High School band and enrolled in the school's Reserve Officers' Training Coirps. He wanted to wear the Marine uniform, his father said.
"He knew that the Marines were the elite -- they were the best of the best and that's what he wanted to be and that's what he as,"Olin Fite said.
Joseph Fite graduated in 1999 and studied at the Uniervstiy of Texas for two years. After his sophmore year,Fite went to work for Henna Chervolet. He was deployed to Iraq in August,2004 and was expected to return home by March,2005.
He was responsible for patrolling a highway.
"I can only hope that we are justified in out sacrifice by seeing the birth of a new democracy in that area and I truly believe that,"Olin Fite said.

Re: Obit: Cpl. Joseph Fite - USMC Active Duty

Posted: 18 Jan 2005 6:50PM GMT
Classification: Death
Surnames: Fite
Joseph Fite


Family-Placed Obituary

Joseph Fite Joseph was born April 25, 1981. He was the eldest son and middle child of our five children. We moved to Round Rock from Austin when he was three years old. He attended Round Rock Schools until he graduated from RRHS in 1999. He grew strong in Little League. He raced pine cars in Cub Scouts and went to Lake Bastrop with the Boy Scouts. When he was in Middle School, he started playing trombone in 6th grade and played through high School and a year at UT in the Longhorn band. At 14 and a Freshman in High School, he joined the Junior Marine Corps, R.O.T.C. As a member of the ROTC he Traveled to Marine Corps Base 29 Palms on three summer camps. As a RRHS Band Trombone player he traveled to Chicago in one year and England the next year. He graduated RRHS in 1999 and that summer enlisted in the Marine Corps, Reserve. He was accepted to the University of Texas and was active in the ROTC there as well as playing in the band and socializing with his fraternity brothers. He was a Capitol Tour Guide about this time. He went to work as a Valet for Henna Chevrolet following his two years at UT and put in long hours making his living and pulling his Reserve duties. He was called to active duty in June of 2004 and deployed to Iraq in August of 2004. He was a proud, stand up young Man. His many friends were made richer for having met him. Joseph was a quiet man. There are quiet men in this world. The silence we shared outweighed the conversation 1,000:1. He was reticent to pass out a hug and those hugs were more precious when we received them by the same ratio. He was always there for us, quiet men know their duty. Quiet men know how to love those in their care without being demanding or demonstrative. Joseph died an independent free man. He followed his own heart and dreamed his own dreams. He loved us all. I know he did. He didn't have to tell me. It was obvious. On January 9, 2005, our son Joseph was killed by Tyranny in Iraq. He was the bravest man I've ever known. He would have you remember him and thank him in your hearts for insuring your safety from those who would steal your life, your liberty, and your happiness. These folks loved him first and best. I am his father, my name is Olin Cleveland Fite III. His mother is Marcia Lynn Fite. We married December 25, 1974. His sister and her husband, Jennifer and Mark Brimberry, his sister Sarah Fite, his brother Thomas Fite, his brother Michael Fite. His grandparents; Olin Fite Jr. (deceased)and Billie Fite of Smithville, Tex., and Earl and Marie Severson of Newark, Ill. My brother and sister; Wayne Fite of Bastrop, Tex., and Patty and Gary Landry of Bastrop, Tex, Marcia's sister and brother, Ruth and Bill Hartline of Millington, Ill., and Owen and Bev Severson of Newark, Ill., his nephew Jacob Arthur Brimberry, my grandson, age two today January 13, 2005; and his cousins: Chris Fite of Oregon, Toby Fite of Oregon, Jessica and Jesse Landry of Bastrop, Travis Landry of Bastrop, Emily Hartline of Ill, Mary and James Shannon of Ill., and Jeff Severson, Dave Severson and Jill Severson, of Ill. Visitation will begin on Monday January 17, 2005, beginning at 10:00 a.m., with a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Col. Bill Bischoff officiating. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Please visit our website at www.mem.com Sunset Funeral Home, 1705 Austin Hwy., San Antonio, TX 78218 - (210) 828-2811

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