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
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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