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 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, 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, 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, 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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Lance Cpl. Christopher O. Grant, 20, of Richwood, La., died Oct. 20, 2013, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Christopher was a 2012 graduate Richwood High School where he was in the ROTC and played football. He took his basic training at Parris Island and had left for Afghanistan in late September 2013. Richwood Memorial Gardens in Monroe, Louisiana.
Born: Aug. 1, 1994 in Wisconsin
Died: Oct. 5, 2013 in Helmand, Afghanistan
Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeremiah was raised by his mother. He decided in his teens that he preferred to be called Terry, for reasons best left unsaid. He was a person that would push to keep going, he would not let anything knock him down. He graduated from Milwaukee’s Hamilton High School in 2012, and then entered the Marine Corps. His mom felt his attitude about it was more about showing people that he could be something great. Jeremiah transformed his physical being into a muscular strong young man. He was very physically fit with incredible strength. He graduated boot camp with a 300 PFT (physical fitness test) which is the highest score possible. He himself wrote “Nobody tries anymore. What happened to effort and dedication? We are all just living to live, but not really living at all.” Jeremiah encouraged those he knew to get fit, and even offered himself as a motivator. His plans for the future were to either be a career Marine or to become a personal trainer while going to college then onto a career as a gym teacher. He had written his motto out on his Facebook page on September 5, 2013, “I am an American fighting in the armed forces which protect my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.” Deployed to Afghanistan he was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was an intelligence Specialist. He died on October 5, 2013, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, at the age of 19. His death is under investigation. Jeremiah’s mother had his remains cremated.
Born: October 19, 1993 in Springdale, Arkansas
Died: July 14, 2013 in Germany
Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle of Gentry, Arkansas died at age 19 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center following a medical evacuation from the aircraft carrier the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a scheduled port visit in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. This incident is under investigation. He was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Coffelt Cemetery
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Born June 16, 1993 in Florida
Died June 16, 2013 in Helmand province, Afghanistan
Lance Cpl. Jared W. Brown from Southport, Florida, had wished to serve his country since he was in the ninth grade. Military service didn’t scare him and some of his large group of friends and family believed Jared to be invincible. He was loving, known for his charismatic smile, twinkling eyes and great sense of humor. Above all he loved his friends just like they were born into his family. He was always big brothering someone whether they be older or younger than he was. He was never too busy to not care about others. On January 4, 2012, he had written on his Facebook page “I can only be what I am. I like what I am.” Jared served in the ROTC for four years during high school and left for boot camp shortly after graduating from Bozeman High School in 2011. Jared was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. and left for Afghanistan just under two months before he was killed by a gunshot on his 20th birthday. This incident is under investigation as he was killed on base.
Burial- Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Panama City, Florida
Born: March 18, 1974
Died: April 5, 2003 in Iraq
Marine Capt. Benjamin W. Sammis 29, of Rehobeth, Mass.; assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton; Calif.; killed in action when his helicopter crashed near Ali Aziziyal, Iraq. Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 7862