Ten years ago Tuesday, Marine Cpl. Andrew Brownfield was killed in action in Iraq.
The death of the 24-year-old North High School graduate was the first Summit County death in the Iraq war.
Hundreds of people rallied around the family, lining the streets during the Marine’s funeral as the toll of the war on Northeast Ohio began to rise.
During 2004, five families from the Akron-Canton area lost sons in battle in Iraq. Each is different, dealing with anger, sadness, additional agony and solemn adjustment.
Attached to this story on Ohio.com is a moving video titled Prayers for Peace, by Dustin Grella, 43, whose brother Devin, of Medina Township, died in September 2004. The older brother, an animated movie producer in New York, sorted through his brother’s belongings and listened to his recording from the war, and reconstructed the emotion his family endured.
The stories of how all five families have coped follow.
Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or email@example.com.