U.S. MARINE CORPS
LCPL, CO F, 2DBN,3DMAR,(RCT-3, 2D MEB FWD)3DMAR DIV,MCB, KANEOHE BAY, HI
08/06/2009, FARAH PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
LCPL Argentine was determined to defend his country and chose to enlist in the Marine Corps. He completed his high school education and two semesters a S.U.N.Y. Oneonta, NY.
According to Bob Argentine,“I think a lot had to do with what happened on 9-11,”
9-11 was LCPL Argentine’s first day at St. Anthony’s High School. It was a day that impacted the freshman, a day a number of his friends lost their parents in the terrorist attacks.
James’s decision to enlist was his own. Janet Argentine, Jame’s mother, explained, “It was his life and it was his choice, and he always seemed interested in the military, so it wasn’t a surprise(when he joined). “
“James loved reading, writing, and music. He was a guitar player and he and his friends would practice together—he could tell me more about the classic rock music from my teenage years than I could remember or maybe even ever knew! He had a great way with words, with writing—such a unique perspective. And he was an insatiable reader. He really loved Stephen King books, and To Kill a Mockingbird, The Road Less Traveled, the Harry Potter books and so many others. He loved to watch TV, movies, and play video games.”
“He had a huge sense of humor, loved practical jokes, had the best smile and laugh ever, was kind and thoughtful, a great listener, friend to many, full of love for life and others, and the most wonderful son. And he was a great Mets fan.”
Mrs. Argentine is grateful to Farmingdale, “The village was and continues to be so tremendous in its response and outpouring of support to us—beyond description, really, how truly beautiful this community is.”
“He was a great kid, someone you could be proud of,” said Bob Argentine
“He had so many friends and people who loved him,” added Janet Argentine. “He affected so many lives.”