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In Memoriam
#1
http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2015/03/12/update-army-helicopter-crash/70248634/
http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2015/03/11/marine-killed-after-jet-hits-ground-vehicle/70173038/

I don't know how any of you have felt about the Marines that died the other day, but I can imagine it being disturbing news for some of you. I've been thinking about them tonight and I felt that we needed to start this thread at some point.

Please, use this thread to talk about lost loved ones or simply to honor the memory of those who didn't have the chance to be here today.

To all of those who we have lost, this is for you.
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Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan of Hampden Massachusetts 
Staff Sergeant David Wyatt of Burke North Carolina 
Sergeant Carson Holmquist of Polk Wisconsin
Lance Corporal Skip Wells of Cobb Georgia

Semper Fi
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#3
The only solace I have in this is this bastard is dead and there's going to be security reforms to hopefully make sure this never happens again. Reserve centers are so close and in the community that reservists' security is kind of neglected I feel.
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#4
RIP Marines
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#5
The memorial threads are the ones I never want to see updated, but it looks like there's a new driver in the motor pool up topside.
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/08/marine_corps_veteran_dies_in_m.html

Salabarria was a buddy of mine in HS, and he was genuinely excited when I got off AD and he ran into me at 6th Comm. Outside of school and the creamcorn, our interaction was limited mostly to me giving him shit for being a motard or looking like a boot on his motorcycle. Like so many other jarheads, it was the bike that got him killed even after several deployments.
Cue safety stand downs, endless powerpoint, and one more statistic for the 101 deadly days of summer.
They come with fire,they come with axes...Destroyers&usurpers,curse them. GALL:I hope you get run over by a dumptruck full of babydicks CORVUS:yoss hates&knows everything BAN724:I like how buttmad ppl get about Yoss except if you lie still&listen he is trying to make us all better debaters
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#6
One of my best friends within my company and platoon took his own life August 22, 2015. Last Saturday. He was 26 years old. Second friend to kill himself in 2 months. This is wearing me down emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

We were very close. His name was Nathan Mahler. He was the baby of our platoon and turned 18 years old just 10 days before we deployed, making him 17 years old through boot camp, ITB, and time in the fleet. He was like my little brother and Ive missed him. We go back as far as boot, ITB, and fleet, which we were in the same platoon throughout and had a deep history together. Marine infantry brotherhood to a T. The bonds of having one anothers backs in combat, training, being hazed as boots, the kind of drunken fist fights that you beat one anther bloody then smile and hug about it the next morning, sharing deep dark secrets and flat out told each other that we loved each other and planned to be talking about the good old times when we were both old men.

Ive found myself crying like some old woman over this yet at the same time, Im going back and forth between feeling a more intense numbness that has come with my own PTSD and self hatred for feeling like I failed him and the guilt of wishing it had been me instead. Ive never been married nor had kids, but he did, and it absolutely breaks what left of a heart not just the fact that I lost him, but the loss his family has suffered. I met his dad as we were heading out and the tears in his fathers eyes are something that I cant keep from reverberating in my mind with increased intensity.

Here is a quote by my little brother fallen Marines uncle I found today:

Quote:It is with a sad and heavy heart that I have to share the news that my nephew, Nathan Mahler, a USMC Combat Vet has taken his own life (at 26 years old).


PTSD is a vicious snake that will wrap itself around your neck and choke you to death slowly if you don't get help.

I now have a name related to PTSD that is gone forever that means something to me PERSONALLY.

I don't know if I have enough tears for this one.


Worst part is that he lived and died in Nevada and I have almost no means of making it to is upcoming funeral / memorial. I live in Texas and only have about 200 bucks. Another member of our platoon from West Texas may make a road trip to the ceremony but I dont think my 200 bucks will cut it.

I WANT TO MAKE THIS CLEAR:

Im not asking for a handout to help me make it there, I just kind of hate myself for not having money saved better so I could have made the car pool and said goodbye to my little brother of a Marine who always had my back, and knowing him, he would have made it if it was i who had ended my life.

For the record, I am in no way, shape, or form suicidal. Just apathetic and hate myself.

Please get into contact with your boys you served with and check on them, and if you find yourself questioning your own existence or the point in continuing to live, do the same or PM me.

I love all of you.
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#7
I've got 3 friends that have killed themselves in the 3 years I've been out, seems like everyone has the kind of experience.

Get a credit card that has zero % apr for the first year and go see your buddy for the last time.
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#8
I really hate to read this stuff but I do because I know that most of you have lost friends if not all of you.
Don't know what to say other that I'm sorry for your loss and hope thats enough.
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#9
I've experienced this twice. Both times I used Facebook to "check in", both times I came upon their pages too late. A year prior it was his Facebook page that let me know a good friend of mine was killed by a pressure plate ied.

Its hard for me to use Facebook really anymore.

Please, if you're ever in this position, do like 29 said, please reach out. I've done what I can to talk to my boys, but please, don't for one second think that any one of us will think any less of you for reaching out.
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#10
Ive lost a few friends to suicide and its just fucking awful, the second guessing, family left behind, the whole mess. If any of you guys ever need anything hit me up 508-916-0308, Im like everybodies drunk uncle, except sober now, somewhat
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#11
I wanna thank you guys for the support. Especially NSF who has helped me out and warrants more gratitude than I can express in any way.
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#12
Remembering 9/11.




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#14
GySgt Jeremy Woodruff

Semper Fi

http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2015/09/student-injured-in-motorcycle-crash-dies-classmates-offer-support-to-family/
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#15
RIP bros. Lt Nate Krissoff in particular was the first officer I worked under in the fleet. He was a PT beast and one guy that always looked out after us when we were trying to avoid the usual unit BS. He always had time for people in general and was an example of a leader that can't be easily found in many enclaves of the MC - the "do as I say and as I do" type. My buddy told me what happened when we were doing work ups at K-Bay for 1/3 and 1/12 and parted ways. News of him being gone seemed surreal, like it couldn't have happened to somebody who seemed so invincible. Rest easy sir.

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Cpl. Matthew Zindars
Lance Cpl. Robert Lynch
Cpl. James McCrae
HN Daniel Noble
Cpl. Derek Wyatt
Sgt. Bradley Atwell
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The sky is falling down. This night belongs to you.
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LCPL Brandon Leanardo of Swansea , Ma , Machine Gunner lost his battle with PTSD last night. RIP.


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LCPL Brandon Leanardo of Swansea , Ma , Machine Gunner lost his battle with PTSD last night. RIP.


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#17
FUCK.....
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#18
(11-16-2015, 08:41 PM)ABACABB Wrote: RIP bros. Lt Nate Krissoff in particular was the first officer I worked under in the fleet. He was a PT beast and one guy that always looked out after us when we were trying to avoid the usual unit BS. He always had time for people in general and was an example of a leader that can't be easily found in many enclaves of the MC - the "do as I say and as I do" type. My buddy told me what happened when we were doing work ups at K-Bay for 1/3 and 1/12 and parted ways. News of him being gone seemed surreal, like it couldn't have happened to somebody who seemed so invincible. Rest easy sir.

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Cpl. Matthew Zindars
Lance Cpl. Robert Lynch
Cpl. James McCrae
HN Daniel Noble
Cpl. Derek Wyatt
Sgt. Bradley Atwell

Many people I know spoke very highly of Gunny Baum, and we named our HQ after Yurista. Been to a couple funerals of the guys on there. Lucas was on my last deployment.


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#19
Hey, I remember Camp Yurista. My PM worked in one of the buildings there. I didn't know it was named after him.

I remember Swain being kind of a big deal because he was one of the first augments to go from 3DIV. Oki Marines getting sent as IAs became a common occurrence from 2006 on.
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The sky is falling down. This night belongs to you.
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#20
I was at NMITC with Bachar and Swain.
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#21
Sgt. Danny Vassilian
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1/9 KIA 23 December 2013
Semper Fi Brother
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#22
Cpl. Will Celestine 04-27-2007 Lafayette Louisiana

Will was a radio operator attached to 2nd tracks. We played football together in highschool & he joined a year before I did. My unit had just gotten back from Ft. Pickett when I got a phone call from his uncle who was a recruiter out of our RSS. His track hit an IED outside of Fallujah killing him an injuring a few other Marines. He left behind a wife and infant daughter at the time.
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#23
A close friend of mine committed suicide some weeks ago. He was a Marine. He went to Iraq. He lost comrades, but he returned from deployment. Now, years after, the dark side of his soul eventually won the battle. Corporal shot himself.

I am a German civillian who met him on a journey. We talked, we became friends. I helped as he tried to earn his BS in C.S. -- in return he tought me so many things about life. Things he learned in corps, things that helped me becoming a better person. My Girlfriend got jealous. Lost her to a jerk, kept him. Felt the right thing to do, never regretted. His wife.. well, deployment, the "Judy" as @TCplLance would put it.
Talking to him made me realize that I haven't faced real problems yet. Real problems start when you wake up in the morning and don't know whether you -- or the guy next to you -- will survive the day. Everything else is just inconvenience. However, other people may have a different perception -- and that's nothing to discuss but to accept.
We had long conversations on the net. Wrote and talked throught the darkness of nights until moring broke and bad spirits dissolved in the first sunrays.

He suffered flashbacks. Massive. What started as nightmares culminated in seeing and hearing comrades that were gone. He trusted me enough to tell me. I tried to motiviate him to seek help from a specialist. He was too proud or too stubborn to do so (or he hadn't the money and was too shy to tell -- in that case I'd wish to bring him back to life just so I can beat him up for the stupidity of not asking for financial help).

Now I'm thousands of miles away, silently moaning. Go to work. Try to keep up a smile to my colleagues who don't need to know. Endure the brainless chatter from the fucking radio receiver. Need my self restraint not to throw it out the window. Need my self restraint to keep myself from yelling at people who are whining about their boo-boos. Stare at myself in the mirror, try to lift my spirits by getting my chin up and givin' myself a silent "Oorah!" -- as he did when I needed emotional support in the endless discusions with my girlfriend back then.

In one of his last mails, he thanked me "for giving him some years". I didn't understand back then. He lost a battle and it feels as if I've lost with him but I'm unable to share his defeat. I sometimes felt him thinking that he was a burden to me. He wasn't. He was a friend in all true meaning of the word. Friends watch for each other. Secure each other's asses, if necessary. That's what we did. It was no burden. It's been a privilege.

You, men out there who may suffer the same conditions -- don't give in.
There is only one force strong enough to destroy you. And that's yourself. Don't let that happen, don't let circumstances make you crush yourself. Realize that making a person having self-doubts is one of the most devious tricks in psychological warfare, be it in deployment, be it at a civil environment.
If you want to question yourself, go on, but don't go there alone. You wouldn't try to walk around outside a field camp all alone, would you? If you feel the need to go there, go there secured by a professional. It's a mine field you're unlikley to survive alone. If you already know there are mines planted, you'd be a fucking idiot to try.
Don't try to bottle up. Seek relief. Talk to a friend, to a comrade. Don't be ashamed. Being too proud to talk about a personal problem to a close friend is not a sign of manliness, it's a sure sign of an idiot.
Of course, "friends" who secretly enjoy your misery and who make you feel as in interrogation are the worst thing to come across in this situation. Trust your gut. You already know whom you can trust.

Nobody who knows the least about deployment will make any allegation that you've come back alive while others gave their lives. Unless you really screwed up and endangerd their lives for no good reason. Don't let your mind fool you -- even those who gave their lives won't accuse you.

Semper fi.

P.S.
Yes, this is my very first post. I virtually registered to post it. I don't want your sympathy nor your pity. I just needed to get this published to a place where I wouldn't have to explain.
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#24
MadWhitey: Thank you for your post and the compassion you shared to this Marine.

I never thought I'd post here, being a civilian and all, and only having contact to the military through my friends currently serving that I met when I was in NROTC. It just came to my attention that I had met one of the Marines lost in last week's helicopter crash.

MAJ Shawn Campbell was the epitome of a Naval Aviator. A friendly and affable personality on top of laser-focused intensity. Exactly the kind of guy you'd want to be behind the stick of a warplane. He thought he had the greatest fucking job in the Marine Corps, carrying enough men and equipment into battle to fuck up anyone's day. I wish I had got to know him better.
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#25
Aggie Muster is today.
Many Ags are service members, and the school is the Armed Forces' #1 cheerleader in terms of non-private colleges.

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