CPL Christopher J. Lapka

Cpl Christopher J. Lapka

CPL CHRISTOPHER J. LAPKA - U.S. Marine Corps

Hometown / City: PEORIA, AZ MARICOPA
Date of Death: Saturday, October 30, 2004
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: Cpl.
Unit: B CO, 1ST BN, 3D MAR, (RCT-7, 1ST MAR DIV), 3D MAR DIV, MCBH KANEOHE BAY, HI

Birth: Jul. 13, 1982, USA
Death: Oct. 30, 2004
Al Anbar, Iraq

Christopher J. Lapka Corporal, United States Marine Corps July 13, 1982 - October 30, 2004 Christopher was a shy retiring young man, with a wonderful sense of humor. He attended Peoria Sunrise Mountain HS where he proved to be a natural born wrestler. Christopher was named "Outstanding Wrestler" at the Buckeye Invitational Wrestling Tournament in 1999 and placed sixth the State Championships in 2000. Christopher graduated in the top 5 % of his class in 2000 and earned an academic Scholarship to ASU, majoring in civil engineering. He was deeply moved by the outrage of 9/11, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on September 17, 2001. Christopher felt and expressed a deep personal commitment to protecting his family and his country. He entered the Marine Corps on January 22, 2002 after completing his third semester at ASU. Christopher was assigned to the 1st Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment and was promoted to Corporal in 2003. In August 2004 he joined the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Christopher was killed in action near Fallujah, Iraq. Christopher leaves behind his mother Tina, father Ken, and sister Michelle, several Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Visitation Sunday Nov. 14, 2004 at Heritage Funeral Chapel 10A.M. - 6P.M., 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, AZ. Visitation at the Church Monday, Nov. 15, 2004 from 10:30A.M. to 12 Noon with the Funeral Services following at 12 Noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Peoria North Stake Center, 22034 N. 83rd. Ave., Peoria, AZ. Interment will follow services at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ.

Burial:
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Phoenix
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

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