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IRAQ: Recordings and now a street name to keep Marine's memory alive

March 24, 2009 |  9:01 am

Iraqmarinewedding The City Council in Lincoln, Neb., has voted unanimously to rename a street after Marine Lance Cpl. Mike Scholl, who was killed in Haditha, Iraq, in November 2006.

Scholl, who was 21, grew up in Lincoln. His mother and stepfather, Debbie and Jack Chandler, still live there.

Jack Chandler told reporters that he hoped the street name would keep the memory of his stepson alive. The street, in the neighborhood where Scholl lived, leads to an elementary school.

Formal dedication of Mike Scholl Street is Sunday.

Scholl, assigned to the Hawaii-based 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, had served in Afghanistan and was within a few weeks of coming home from Iraq when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.

His widow, Melissa, lives in Vancouver, Wash. Their daughter, Addison Rose, was born a month before Scholl was killed.

Scholl had made audio recordings of children's stories to be played to Addison in the event he did not return from Iraq, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Lance Cpl. Mike Scholl with bride Melissa on their wedding day in 2005. Credit: Honolulu Advertiser