One by one, Sgt. Julian Arechaga's buddies, all dedicated Marines, were being called back for duty in Iraq, so the 23-year-old Baldwin native re-enlisted last month, starting his third tour in battle and second tour in war-torn Iraq.
His four-year career as a zealous military man who deeply loved his profession came to an end Sunday when an improvised explosive device struck his Humvee, killing him.
Military officials drove to his Baldwin home and broke the news to his family about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
"He was very serious and very dedicated to his job," said Sheyla Randazzo, a sister who helped raise Arechaga in Baldwin. "He loved it."
Arechaga was at least the second Baldwin resident to fight and die in the war.