Thursday, December 03, 2009

Marine Cpl Ryan Pape

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Brothers Die 4 Years Apart

Marine Corps Corporal Ryan Pape, 23, died Thursday from injuries sustained during a parachute training exercise in California.

A Minnesota family has lost a second military son in a non-combat accident.

Ron and Shar Pape received visitors at their home in East Grand Forks Sunday and mourned the loss of their 23-year-old son Ryan Pape, a Marine Corps corporal. He died Thursday from injuries suffered during a parachute training exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Ryan Pape graduated from high school in May 2005, a day after his older brother, Marine Cpl. Riley Pape, was buried in a cemetery near the family farm. Riley Pape survived fighting in Iraq's Anbar Province, but lost his life in a motorcycle accident after returning to California.

The Star Tribune reports Ryan Pape followed his brother into a Marine reconnaissance battalion and served two tours in Iraq.

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