Pfc. Luigi Marciante Jr., 25, of Elizabeth, N.J., died Sept. 20, 2007 in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. The Elizabeth High School graduate was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Lewis, Wash. He died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was survived by his wife, Stephanie (Busby) Marciante, his newborn son, Lorenzo, his parents, Maria and Luigi Marciante, two brothers and one sister, Accursio and his wife, Maria, Raniero and his wife, Renee, and Enza (Jacobowitz) Marciante, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and acquaintances.

“His family has said that he was in the Army to become a better person, but Louie also made the Army better…His devotion to his fellow soldiers and his humility, his strong sense of duty and his courage made all of us better.” -Army Maj. Gen. David Huntoon via The Star-Ledger

The Travis Manion Foundation honored Pfc. Marciante through the Character Does Matter program by sharing his story with 95 students at The Children’s Institute in Livingston, NJ on March 11, 2013.

Related Links

Department of Defense

http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=11348

The Star-Ledger

http://blog.nj.com/njwardead/2007/09/army_pfc_luigi_marciante_jr_se.html

Louieslife.com

http://louieslife.org/biography.html

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