We lost a great Marine yesterday (Updated with news article)

We lost a great Marine yesterday (Updated with news article)

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    We lost a great Marine yesterday (Updated with news article)

    One of my friends from my last unit died in the line of duty yesterday. He was an aerial observer on CH-53E helicopters. He was pulling the ground safety pins from the main landing gear before launching and the strut failed, dropping the bird on him. RIP and Semper Fi Alex. And prayers for his young son, girlfriend, and family. He's gonna be greatly missed.

    Here is the news article.
    Houston Marine sergeant dies in training accident | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

    I deployed to Iraq 3 times with him.
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    I am sorry for the loss. Prayers for him and his family.

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    I'm sorry for the loss of one of our servicemen by a freak accident,my prayers go out to his family
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    Please accept my sympathy Navy and Marines are brothers’ and your are our shipmates; Semper Fi and fair winds shipmate…

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    Semper fi our brother, and Godspeed to you as you cross over. Prayers to those left.

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    Very sorry to hear this, may he R.I.P.
    His family and cohorts are added to my DC list.
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    All too often I believe we forget that even the everyday duties pose a risk for our troops, wherever they may be. My condolences to your friend and family. Today my wife and I were traveling and encountered a long convoy on what I assume was reserve maneuvers, we talked about what may seem even to be the most mundane of activities is a sacrifice that we should hold in awe.
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    My condolences.

    Rest in Peace Alex.

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    My condolensces from one squid to a Devil Dog, Fair winds and following seas. Semper FI

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    I hate when this happens; May he rest in peace.

    This is all I GOT!

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    RIP, Sorry about your Brother in arms, hope and prayers for friends & family.

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    Salute to our brother and prayers to his family !
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    Sorry to hear of your loss, thoughts and prayers to you and his family. Thanks will never be enough for their sacrifice.
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    Non-combat deaths and injuries are always hard to swallow, and a lot of times people forget that the military can be a high risk workplace, even when stateside.

    May your brother Rest In Peace, I'm sure you will see him again in Valhalla, where all the warriors go.
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    I'm very sorry to hear of this, Godspeed Sgt. Fontalvo.
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