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US Marine Lance Corporal John T. Schmidt III, 21, of Brookfield, Conn.

Schmidt was on a ventilator and couldn't speak, so he and his mother communicated by writing notes. When he died, his mother threw the notebook away. In it were details about his suffering, which she said she would just as soon forget. The positive messages, such as "I love you, mom," he didn't need to write down, Jimenez recalled. "He would mouth that and I could read it through his lips."
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