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Baghdad, Iraq: Lt. Col. Brian McCoy, commander of the 3-4 Marines, shouts orders into a radio during the battle for the Diyala bridge located on the fringes of Baghdad. The bridge was a key entrance into Baghdad's downtown area. April 7, 2003 ©Wesley Bocxe/The Image Works

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - APRIL 9: (NEWSWEEK AND US NEWS OUT) Lt. Col. Bryan McCoy, the 3rd Battalion Commander of the 1st Marine Division, speaks on his radio as journalists wait to interview him after the marines arrived at the Palestine Hotel April 9, 2003, in the center of Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

IRAQ - MARCH 28: (NEWSWEEK AND US NEWS OUT) Lt. Col. Bryan McCoy, Battalion Commander of 3/4 Marines of the 1st Marine Division, briefs his senior officers of a pending mission March 28, 2003 about 150 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

KUWAIT - MARCH 18: (NEWSWEEK AND US NEWS OUT) U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division listen to their battalion commander, Lt. Col.Bryan McCoy, March 18, 2003 45 km south of the Iraqi border in the Kuwaiti desert, before moving to the forward deployment zone approximately 20 km south of the Iraqi border in preparation for a coalition attack. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

KUWAIT - MARCH 18: (NEWSWEEK AND US NEWS OUT) U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division listen to their battalion commander, Lt. Col. Bryan McCoy, March 18, 2003 45 km south of the Iraqi border in the Kuwaiti desert, before moving to the forward deployment zone approximately 20 km south of the Iraqi border in preparation for a coalition attack. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Darkside: Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy, commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. Chronicle photo by Michael Macor

Now hear this: A thousand Marines assigned to the 3rd Battalion gather in the midday sun in Kuwait to listen to a prewar speech by their commanding officer. Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy tells his troops to engage their brains before they engage their weapons. Chronicle photo by John Koopman

Spoils of war: Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy, left, and his radio operator, Lance Cpl. Garfield Shealy, display an Iraqi flag cut down from a flagpole at the entrance to the Basra International Airport. McCoy's Marines had taken the airport in a running firefight, and the commanding officer stopped to take the flag on the way out. Chronicle photo by John Koopman

The Mission, In Brief: Lt. Col. John McCoy briefs his senior officers of a pending mission about 150 miles south of Baghdad. Getty Images photo by Robert Nickelsberg

The predator: Lt. Col. Bryan McCoy, third battalion, fourth Marines, rolls into Baghdad. (Gilles Bassignac/Gamma)

Lt. Col. Bryan McCoy is the commander of the 3rd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment./April 13, 2003

US Marine Lt. Col Dustin McCoy pushes back Iraqis leaving al-Rafidain Bank after foiling a bank robbery in Baghdad. Photo: AFP

Marines on the march to Bagdad 07.04.03 BAGDAD : American troops Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy , commander of the 3rd Battalion , 4th Marines calls forth another squad of Marines to cross over the Nahrdiyala Canal , the last barrier to Marine entrance into Bagdad

United States Marine Col. McCoy of 3rd Battallian 4th Marine Regiment, walks past a Marine set up in a house along the frontlines in Fallujah. Though the ceasefire technically still continues in Fallujah between coalition forces and insurgents, mortar rounds and sniper fire persisted throughout the day Tuesday. April 14, 2004

United States Marine Col. McCoy of 3rd Battallian 4th Marine Regiment, takes cover from possible Iraqi snipers as they move along the streets of Fallujah. Though the ceasefire technically still continues in Fallujah between coalition forces and insurgents, mortar rounds and sniper fire persisted throughout the day Tuesday./April 14, 2004

United States Marine Col. mcCoy of the 3rd Battallian 4th Marine Regiment, looks through his binoculars for possible Iraqi snipers along rooftops along the frontlines of Fallujah. Though the ceasefire technically still continues in Fallujah between coalition forces and insurgents, mortar rounds and sniper fire persisted throughout the day Tuesday. April 14, 2004

United States Marines of 3rd Battallian 4th Marine Regiment, along with Col. McCoy, center, hang out in a house they have taken over along the frontlines in Fallujah. Though the ceasefire technically still continues in Fallujah between coalition forces and insurgents, mortar rounds and sniper fire persisted throughout the day Tuesday. April 14, 2004

United States Marines of 3rd Battallian 4th Marine Regiment, along with Col. McCoy, center, take cover from possible Iraqi snipers as they move along the streets of Fallujah. Though the ceasefire technically still continues in Fallujah between coalition forces and insurgents, mortar rounds and sniper fire persisted throughout the day Tuesday. April 14, 2004

United States Marine Col. B.P. McCoy, left, of 3rd Battallian 4th Marine Regiment, takes cover along with other Marines from possible Iraqi snipers as they move from house to house along the streets of Fallujah. Though the ceasefire technically still continues in Fallujah between coalition forces and insurgents, mortar rounds and sniper fire persisted throughout the day Tuesday. (Credit: Lynsey Addario/ Corbis, for The New York Times) April 14, 2004

KUWAIT - MARCH 20: (NEWSWEEK AND US NEWS OUT) A U.S. Marine officer of the 1st Marine Division lays out the plan March 20, 2003 for the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment for the following day's attack of Iraq from northern Kuwait. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy, commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment from pays his last respects July 7, during a memorial service honoring the four fallen Marines. McCoy said it was a day to remember those who feel and our duty to insure their lives were not lost in vain. (USMC photo by Cpl. Macario P. Mora Jr.)

LT. COL. Bryan McCoy, Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, directs fire from the frontline during a battle for Diyala Bridge. Suburbs of Baghdad, Iraq./Gary Knight