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On October 23, 2005, Bob and Coleen Hildebrandt stand with their daughters, Amberly, left, and Ashley, as an honor guard places the casket of their son, Marine Lance Cpl. Chad R. Hildebrandt, in a hearse in Maxwell, New Mexico. Hildebrandt was killed in Iraq while patrolling the Syrian border. (Photo: Josh Stephenson / AP courtesy of