Cpl David Gardner Weimortz
Cpl. David G. Weimortz of Irmo, South Carolina graduated as a golf standout from Dutch Fork High School and then from the University of South Carolina, where he majored in history. Growing up, he played many sports, including basketball and golf. He stood a solid 6′ 6″, and 225 pounds with a sense of humor and a generous nature. After college, he worked for a publisher in Raleigh, for a car dealer in Charleston, and modeled products at NASCAR races before enlisting. He joined the Marines in March of 2003 and graduated from boot camp at Parris Island. David was stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina but kept a room at his sister’s house in Columbia. Before leaving for Iraq in mid July of 2006, he visited family and friends, including playing a round of golf with his father. In June 2005, he participated in Operation Sword that aimed to drive out insurgent fighters in Hit, Iraq, located along the Euphrates River in the Al Anbar province. A story published by Infoline Marine, an online service of Marine Corps public affairs, quoted David as saying the troops also tried to connect with the local citizens and show they were liberators, not conquerors. The publication featured a photo of David exchanging a handshake with a local child outside Camp Ripper in Iraq. His Awards and Decorations include, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. He leaves his mother, Fran A. Fellers, his father, Joseph T. Weimortz and a sister, Kelly. David died at age 28 from injuries sustained while conducting combat operations in Habbaniyah, Iraq. A road he knew well, Old Tamah, in front of his old high school in Midlands, South Carolina was renamed his honor.
2nd Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Burial is at a Private Family Cemetery in Columbia, South Carolina