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1st Lt James R. Zimmerman

November 3rd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Born: May 18, 1985 in Presque Isle, Maine
Died: November 2, 2010 in Helmand, Afghanistan

1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman of Aroostook, Maine is a 2003 graduate of Greater Houlton Christian Academy. James was a spirited man with a passion for making his family proud and following his dream of serving in the military. James joined the United States Marine Corps on March 21, 2003, the first day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, completing his training at Paris Island. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Topsham, for one year and afterward was awarded a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship in 2004. He attended the University of Maine, Orono, graduating in 2008 and commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps. While at Orono he met his future wife, Lynel Winters, whom he later married on June 21, 2008. He attended The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, Va., after which he was assigned as platoon commander for the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment of Camp Lejeune, N.C. In May 2010, he was promoted to 1st lieutenant in the Marine Corps. James was deployed to Afghanistan on June 13, 2010. He leaves his wife, Lynel, his parents, Thomas and Jane Kendrick Zimmerman, a brother, Christian, and a sister, Meghan. He died at age 25 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
2nd Battalion
6th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9188

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