LCpl. ROBERT P. ZURHEIDE - U.S. Marine Corps
Hometown / City: TUCSON, AZ PIMA
Date of Death: Monday, April 12, 2004
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Unit: E CO, 2D BN, 1ST MAR, 1ST MAR DIV, CAMP PENDLETON, CA
Birth: Oct. 18, 1983, USA
Death: Apr. 12, 2004
Lance Cpl. Robert P. Zurheide of Tucson, Ariz., was a 2001 Desert View High School graduate and joined the Marine Corps on Oct. 9, 2001. From the start, he knew where he wanted to go. His intent all along was to be a Marine. His father is a former Marine, and one of his two younger brothers also joined the Marines. Robert was deployed for his second tour on March 1, just before his second wedding anniversary, and was set to return in October. He has received several awards, including the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He was always a quiet young man and wasn't doing it to get noticed; he was doing it to do it. He was very attentive and structured in everything he did. He was proud, as all young Marines are. He did well and was very proud of that. Robert and his wife met as eighth graders at Chaparral Middle School and dated throughout their time at Desert View High. They married on March 30, 2002. He loved animals, and he loved Elena and the couple were excited about having a son. While on his second tour of duty in Iraq he was killed by hostile fire less than a month before his wife was due to deliver their first child. His wife, Elena, was set to deliver a boy, Robert Paul Zurheide III, in early May 2004. He was 20 years old.
1st Marine Regiment
1st Marine Division.
1st Marine Expeditionary
South Lawn Memorial Cemetery