Family, comrades mourn local Marine major killed in Iraq


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May 5, 2007
Published in the Annapolis Capital:

Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec was a Marine's Marine.

Surrounded by tough guys, the 34-year-old from Winchester on the Severn stood out for his battlefield bravery. He charged the enemy as shrapnel pierced him and bullets whizzed by. Afterward, he'd make no apologies for defending his country....
'The very definition of Semper Fi'

Published in the Annapolis Capital:

Seasoned Marine infantrymen wiped away tears this morning as they said goodbye to one of their own.

More than 2,000 people filed into the Naval Academy Chapel for the funeral Mass of Marine Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec, a 1995 academy graduate who died in combat last week in Iraq....
Salute to a Memorable Marine

Published in the Washington Compost:

The turnout seemed entirely fitting for a Marine who was described -- with little apparent hyperbole -- as the toughest guy in the house. More than 1,000 mourners, from generals to civilians, packed the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis yesterday to honor Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec, who was killed last week outside Baghdad.

Five hours later, after the sound of taps had faded over his coffin at Arlington National Cemetery, came what Zembiec, 34, might have considered the finest tribute of all....
Marine Killed in Baghdad Was Determined, Compassionate

Published in the Washington Compost:

There may not be higher praise than was offered last night for Douglas A. Zembiec, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a resident of Annapolis and a Marine.

"I thought he was one of the greatest people on Earth," said Zembiec's father-in-law, William Slunt....


Marine Corps Maj. Douglas Zembiec was a Naval Academy graduate. (By Rick Loomis -- Los Angeles Times)