Marine from Chicago area killed

June 17, 2008 9:32:23 PM PDT
A Polish immigrant who enlisted in northwest suburban Bensenville has given his life in an effort to speed up becoming an American.Twenty-four-year-old Private First Class Dawid Pietrek was one of four Marines killed in Afghanistan this weekend.

He stayed with families in both Bensenville and Elmhurst before enlisting.

The Daily Herald says Marine officials tell them Pietrek joined the military as a way to speed up naturalization.

More than 35,000 servicemen and women have been naturalized since September 11, 2001.

Pfc. Pietrek died Saturday while supporting combat operations.

He was assigned to the Marine base at Twentynine Palms California.