Marine Drowns Saving 2 Boys

Marine Drowns Saving 2 Boys

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    Marine Drowns Saving 2 Boys,2933,270832,00.html

    ALMA, Mich. — A U.S. Marine drowned after saving two children who were swimming off Atlantic Beach in North Carolina, the military said.

    Master Sgt. Michael Wert, an intelligence chief for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C., was vacationing this past weekend with his family at the beach when he saw two boys struggling in the surf, the Marines said in a statement.

    His wife, Debbie, said her husband rushed into the water to help while she went to call 911. Their daughter, Katrina, grabbed a boogie board and followed Wert, a Michigan native, into the water.

    "She managed to help the boys onto the board, but didn't see her dad with them," Debbie Wert said in the statement. "The one little boy told her (Michael Wert) had to let them go and had died."

    Rescue personnel found Wert but could not revive him.

    Wert joined the Marines in 1989 after graduating from Alma High School, where he was a cross-country runner, The Saginaw News reported. He served in Operation Desert Storm and supported Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    "He was a good student and a fine young man," said school secretary Anne Jarrett. "He died trying to save someone else. Not many people would do that."

    Alma City Manager Phillip J. Moore said some in the small community north of Lansing have called city hall to see how they can help the family.

    "It's a tragedy, but we are all proud of him," Moore said.

    In addition to his wife and daughter, Wert is survived by two other children, his parents and two siblings.

    A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Visitation was scheduled for Friday at Dewey Funeral Home in Alma, with funeral services Saturday at Alma United Methodist Church.
    Sounds like America lost another good man.
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    Damn. What a loss.

    Something for the family to be proud of though.

    Condolences to the Wert family.
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    A truely selfless act. Condolences to the family.
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    A U.S. Marine does not need to be in a war to die a hero.
    R.I.P. Master Sgt. Michael Wert
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    Semper Fi.
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    Rest in Peace MSgt Wert. My prayers are with the family.
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    I hate to hear it when the good guy is hurt or killed while trying to aid someone else.

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    Damn it!
    And no note toward where those two boys parents or guardian was.

    R.I.P. died heroically :(

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    RIP, Semper FI!
    God Bless the Wert Family!!
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    Condolences to the family of Master Sgt. Michael Wert. I hope they may feel a some better knowing he died as a true hero and his next post will be guarding Heaven's streets.
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    Sorry to hear this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    A truely selfless act. Condolences to the family.

    We recently had a young female sailor die trying to save a little boy that fell into a river. These events shows the calibre of men and women that join our forces. Something to be very proud of. So sad to lose them also.

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    ALMA, Mich. — A U.S. Marine drowned after saving two children who were swimming off Atlantic Beach in North Carolina, the military said.
    Whooahhh , this is no less than i would expect from any rifleman . Sad to say but we must teach at least some marines to swim well . No matter how well the navy does its job hauling wariors from point to point there will never be a " swimmer " there when you need them .
    Master Sgt. Michael Wert You personify what is right with not only your bloved Marine Corp but all our folks who keep us safe ... god rest you sgt , and god keep your family safe untill you meet again .
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