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Sgt. Charles Calvin Strong

September 15th, 2014 No comments

Born: November 24, 1985
Died: September 15, 2014 in Herat, Afghanistan

Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, of Suffolk, Virginia graduated from Nansemond River High School in 2003 where he was known as a hard working, well liked student. The following August he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Sergeant Strong was a Critical Skills Operator attached to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, out of Camp Lejeune, and had served in the Marine Corps since 2003. He was serving his fourth deployment and had previously deployed twice to Iraq.  In 2005, he was there as a Motor Transport Operator, and in 2006, he returned to Iraq as the only Vehicle Recovery Operator for his Battalion and supporting units. In 2011, Sergeant Strong deployed to Afghanistan as a Team Leader and Navigator for all logistical mounted patrols.  Upon returning from this deployment, he began training and applied for the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Assessment & Selection. His hard work and dedication, coupled with his passion to succeed, culminated with his selection to this elite unit in 2013. After selection, Sergeant Strong returned to his parent command and was assigned to Fox Company, 2ndMSOB where he served as an Element Member (EM). Sergeant Strong’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award), the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), and the Combat Action Ribbon. Strong is survived by his wife and their unborn daughter, who is due in December.  He also leaves his parents, Donald and Mary. Quantico National Cemetery
Marines
2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion
Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., September 25, 2014, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. Burial will follow in Quantico National Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends on September 24, 2014, at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Sgt. Thomas Zachary Spitzer

June 25th, 2014 No comments

Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, of New Braunfels, Texas, died June 25 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.  Spitzer joined the Marines nearly 5 years prior and was serving his second deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, said the military. He was the recipient of many awards including, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.  Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery – Sec 41 Site 987

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LCpl. Adam F. Wolff

June 23rd, 2014 No comments

Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.   Wolff was a combat engineer. He joined the Marine Corps in Dec. 2012 and was promoted to lance corporal Feb. 1, 2014. Wolff deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2014. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Fiedler Cemetery

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Cpl. Brandon John Garabrant

June 22nd, 2014 No comments

Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, New Hampshire, died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Garabrant was a combat engineer who deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2014. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery – Sec 7 Row N Site 343

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SSG David H. Stewart

June 20th, 2014 No comments

Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Virginia, died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Stewart was a platoon sergeant and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Sept. 2004 to March 2005, from March to Oct. of 2006 and from Sept. 2007 to April 2008. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from Oct. 2012 to April 2013 and most recently in April of 2014. His awards include, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon and Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Quantico National Cemetery

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Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson

February 28th, 2014 No comments

Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson, 20, of Waseca, Minn., died Feb. 28, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Caleb attended Waseca High School, and joined the United States Marine Corps in July of 2012. Woodville Cemetery in Waseca, Minnesota

 

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Master Sgt. Aaron Carl Torian

February 15th, 2014 No comments

Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 15, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Torian joined the Marine Corps in March 2003 and joined MARSOC in 2006. He was promoted to Master Sergeant on September 1, 2013. His awards include the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon with gold star, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign, and the Good Conduct Medal. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10582

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Sgt. Jacob M. Hess

January 3rd, 2014 No comments

Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, of Spokane, Wash., died Jan. 1, 2014, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Hess was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Jake graduated in 2009 from North Central High School after transferring in 2008 from Kubasaki High School in Japan. Following high school, he enrolled at Spokane Falls Community College in 2009. He joined the Marines in 2010.

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Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian

December 24th, 2013 No comments

Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian, 27, of Abington, Mass., died Dec. 23, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Daniel grew up in Abington, graduating from Abington High School in 2004. After his enlistment in the Marine Corps in 2006 he served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan both. To be updated…

Funeral and Visitation

Quealy & Son Funeral Home 116 Adams Street Abington, Mass

Visitation: Wednesday 3 to 7pm.

Thursday January 2 at 8am followed by a mass in St. Bridget Church, Abington 9am.

Interment: Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Abington.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Sgt. Daniel Vasselian may be made at: GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com).

Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez

December 13th, 2013 No comments

Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19, of Fairhaven, Mass., died Dec. 11, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Matthew graduated from the New Bedford Vocational Technical High School in 2012 where he studied plumbing. He enlisted in August of 2012. Among his awards are the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. Massachusetts National Cemetery – Sec 59 Site 16

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