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Brit Marine Leaves Pals $150K for Vegas Extravaganza

David Hart liked to have a good time
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2011 4:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – A British marine killed in Afghanistan left 32 of his closest friends a hefty parting gift: $150,000 for a Las Vegas vacation, reports the Huffington Post. Before David Hart left for duty, he took out a life insurance policy for roughly $400,000, and gave strict instructions that a portion of that money should send his friends and their girlfriends to Sin City, saying ‘Go and have a good time and spend all this money.” Hart was a big fan of holidays himself, a friend remembers, saying their "lad's holidays" were “always the best two weeks of the year.”

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The remainder of his policy will go to charity for injured Marines, and to his family, who isn’t at all put off by their late son’s support for a good time. Hart, described by his fellow officers as ‘the perfect Marine,’ was killed in Afghanistan after a Taliban bomb explosion, on the day before his 24th birthday, reports the Daily Mail. (Read more Las Vegas stories.)

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