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Bin Laden reaction: Mother of Marine killed in Afghanistan is glad but worries about more fighting

May 2, 2011 | 10:54 am

A memorial service in October in Afghanistan for Pfc. Victor Dew and other Marines killed in a roadside bomb explosion.

Marine Pfc. Victor Dew The mother of Marine Pfc. Victor Dew said she is glad that Osama bin Laden is dead but is worried that more fighting, and dying, lies ahead for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Dew was killed Oct. 13 in Afghanistan while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment. He was one of four Marines killed by a roadside bomb that exploded beneath their vehicle.

Photos: Osama bin Laden dead

"I'm afraid [the Taliban] already have more attacks masterminded," said Patty Schumacher, who lives in Granite Bay outside Sacramento. "The people over there are not going to change. In this country we've lost leaders and yet continued to fight. Why do we think they're different?"

She remembered the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"We sat on our couch, in tears," she said. "I tried to send Victor to school so he could have a normal day. Now he's gone because of what happened that day."

Schumacher was at the memorial service Friday at Camp Pendleton for the 25 Marines from the 3/5 killed during the recent deployment.

"Yes, my son volunteered, he knew what he was getting into," she said. "I'm just so very proud of him. Killing bin Laden won't bring my son home, or any of the other sons."

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Photos: (top) A memorial service in October in Afghanistan for Pfc. Victor Dew and other Marines killed in a roadside bomb explosion. Credit: Marine Corps

(bottom) Marine Pfc. Victor Dew. Credit: Marine Corps

Click to learn more about the more than 600 Californians who have died in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Readers are invited to share memories about Marine Pfc. Victor Dew on the California's War Dead database which chronicles the lives of more than 600 Californians who have died while supporting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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