in Iraq buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
A Tribute To: U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr
1st Lt. Pokorney's
widow touches his casket while daughter Taylor holds a folded American
SPECIAL REPORT ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) --
1st Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr. was buried in a military ceremony at
National Cemetery Monday after being killed in action March 23 near Nasiriya, Iraq.
of Nye, Nevada, was the first Marine killed in the Iraq war to be buried
at the cemetery.
He was laid to rest next to the grave of another U.S. serviceman killed in the war -- Army Capt. Russell
Rippetoe --who was buried Friday.
an artillery officer with the 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, based
at Camp Lejeune,
North Carolina. He was eulogized as a good Marine, a gifted athlete, a good husband and good father
to his 2-year-old daughter Taylor. He was an Oakland Raiders football fan who enjoyed scuba diving,
cars and bicycling.
who adopted Pokorney when he was 16, expressed bitterness over his son's
death in a
CNN report last month.
''I'm not convinced Fred had to die in this war,'' he said.
widow, Chelle, offered hope for Iraqis last week saying,
"I hope they can hopefully have a democracy or whatever they're reaching for ... freedom from turmoil
and the pain and suffering they've been going through."
As the family
sobbed, Brig. Gen. Maston Robeson presented a folded American flag to Pokorney's
widow, who handed it to her daughter. Taylor clutched the flag as she accompanied her mother to the
casket. As they turned around, the girl asked her mother,