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(reprinted from Caller.com, February 2, 2005)

Marine's burial is in Menard

By fanny s. Chirinos Caller-Times
February 2, 2005

Marine Capt. Paul Christopher "Chris" Alaniz, who once taught in Corpus Christi, will be buried Thursday in Menard near one of his heroes - his grandfather.

Alaniz, 32, was one of two pilots of the CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter that crashed Jan. 26 near Ar Rutbah, Iraq, killing 30 Marines and a sailor.

Alaniz was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

"When (Chris) was commissioned, he gave our grandfather his first bars," said Yvette Musik, the Marine's sister. His grandfather, David Quiroz served in the Army during World War II.

Maria Cynthia Quiroz, Alaniz's mother, grew up in Menard.

Alaniz worked as a substitute teacher at Miller High School from 1995-1997. His mother was living in Corpus Christi at the time.

The body of the Marine arrived in San Antonio from Dover Air Force Base almost at the same time as his wife, Thelma Alaniz, arrived from San Diego, Calif.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 609 Ellis Street in Menard.

Mass is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the church followed by burial in the Garden of Memories in Menard.

Contact Fanny S. Chirinos _at 886-3759 _or chirinosf@caller.com

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