Name: Marine Sgt. Bradley J. Harper
From: Dresden, Ohio
Assigned to the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Norfolk, Va. attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)
Incident: Marine Sgt. Bradley J. Harper was killed Aug. 3 when his amphibious assault vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations south of Haditha, Iraq. Also
Marine wanted a chance to do his part
Bradley J. Harper traded his patrols of Virginia Beach in police blues for patrols in Iraq in camouflage gear.
“It’s two different worlds,” Harper said before he left.
“This is my chance to go, to do my part. The sooner you get over there, the sooner you get back.”
Harper, 25, of Dresden, Ohio, was killed Aug. 3 by a roadside bomb south of Haditha. He was based at Norfolk.
He studied criminal justice at Ohio University, then moved to Virginia Beach, Va., to become a police officer in January 2004.
“He was exactly what we wanted in an officer and a citizen,” said Harry McBrien, the recruiter for the Virginia Beach Police Department. “He was an all-around awesome guy and a real go-getter.”
When the academy staff “tried to stress him out a little bit,” he “just smiled” and kept going, McBrien said.
“What can I tell you about him?” asked...