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.

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    We all came together,
    Both young and old.
    To fight for our freedom,
    To stand and be bold.

    In the midst of all evil,
    We stand our ground,
    And we protect our country
    From all terror around.

    Peace and not war,
    Is what some people say.
    But I'll give my life,
    So you can live the American way.

    I give you the right
    To talk of your peace.
    To stand in your groups,
    and protest in our streets.

    But still I fight on,
    I don't *****, I don't whine.
    I'm just one of the people
    Who is doing your time. I'm harder than nails,
    Stronger than any machine.
    I'm the immortal soldier,
    I'm a US MARINE!

    So stand in my shoes,
    And leave from your home.
    Fight for the people who hate you,
    With the protests they've shown.

    Fight for the stranger,
    Fight for the young.
    So they all may have,
    The greatest freedom you've won.

    Fight for the sick,
    Fight for the poor.
    Fight for the cripple,
    Who lives next door.

    But when your time comes,
    Do what I've done.
    For if you stand up for freedom,
    You'll stand when the fight's done
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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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