From Cathy of the Soldiers' Angels Living Legends Team:
We have a fallen SA hero, Lance Cpl. Hatak Yuka Keyu M. Yearby, 21, of Overbrook, Oklahoma.
Hatak Yearby died May 14, while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq.
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Hatak is survived by his wife, Lindsay (married 02/06) and his parents, Justin and Mary Hatak of Overbrook, OK.
Thank you for supporting the families of our fallen and their Angels.
Living Legends Team Leader
Fellow Marine Lance Cpl. Jose S. Marin Dominguez Jr., 22, of Liberal, Kansas was killed in the same incident.
Yearby's survivors also include his two sisters, Shema Yearby and Samarrah Bell, a former Marine.
The family said Hatak Yearby, whose the first name means "free man", joined the Marines because he was influenced by past veterans and warriors.
According to a family friend, Yearby wore two long braids until he woke one morning and told his mother he had to cut his hair because of a dream.
"That's one of the things he had to do - to go into the Marines," he said.
The family said that Yearby treated his service in the Marine Corps as he treated his [Native American] tribe - "with respect, honor and dignity."
Please take a moment to read the Marine Lance Cpl. Hatak Yuka Keyu M. Yearby tribute on the Soldiers' Angels Fallen Heroes blog.
Remember our Heroes.