NAPERVILLE, IL, USA
SGT, 2D FORCE RECON CO, (31ST MEU, 1ST MAR DIV), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC
FALLUJAH, IRAQ 11/09/2004
Sergeant David Mitchell Caruso ”Dave”, age 25, a lifelong resident of Naperville, IL, was born Oct. 25, 1979 in Winfield, IL. He is survived by his parents, Joseph Jr. and Gloria Jean, nee Zoladz, Caruso of Naperville; a brother, Michael (wife, Tina) Caruso of Palos Heights, IL; his maternal grandmother, Genevieve Zoladz of Naperville; aunts and uncles, Joyce (Alan) Whipple of Schaumburg, IL and Gus (wife, Stephanie) Caruso of Morton Grove, IL; cousins, Daniel and Emily Whipple and Kristen Caruso.
Sergeant Caruso attended Longwood Elementary and Hill Middle Schools and a 1998 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School, where he was a member of the football team and an Honor student. He had his sights set on the Marines since he was in eighth grade and worked in reconnaissance for Marine special operations, and also passed the Army’s Ranger school. At age 16, he became an Eagle Scout, then spent the next two years earning the three Palms that are the only remaining honors for Eagle scouts. He was friendly but a little on the shy side.
Sergeant David Caruso had called home to Naperville every week since joining the Marines five years ago, but he told his parents last week they wouldn’t hear from him for a while because his unit in Iraq was “going to do some stuff.”
Since joining the Marines, he had taken up photography, filling photo albums with shots taken during leaves in China, Vietnam and other stops. He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Naperville and enjoyed weightlifting and traveling the world.