COOPER CITY, FL, U.S.A.
U.S. MARINE CORPS
PFC,G CO, 2D BN,3D MAR,(RCT-7, I MEF FWD)3D MAR DIV, KANEOHE BAY,HI
09/26/2006, ALASAD, IRAQ
“Christopher was an awesome kid. He is an awesome kid,” his aunt Connie Pie said.
Christopher Riviere graduated from Cooper City High School in 2004.
PFC Riviere had been a Marine for barely a year. He joined in September 2005. He had spent only nine days downrange on this tour of duty.
“What we do know is that he was just standing guard somewhere. He had his full armor on, and he got hit by sniper bullets,” according to Connie Pie.His aunt said Riviere always dreamed of serving his country.
“Chris always wanted to do the best that he could do. He wanted to excel, and he felt that being in the Marines was his way of doing that.”
“He wasn’t forced. He wasn’t drafted. He wasn’t made to go. He went because that’s what he wanted to do,” Connie Pie continued.
Friends and neighbors in Cooper City knew the Marine as a good-natured, responsible young man who viewed military service as an honorable way to better his life.
Before he went away to serve in the military, PFC Riviere told his family that one day he would be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with the rest of the nation’s war heroes. PFC Riviere is buried according to his wishes.