This will have to be a quick one, as we have a family reunion we’re supposed to be at shortly.
We ran with Run to Remember this morning, and my husband’s battalion was there honoring one of their fallen from their recent deployment. They ran for Sgt. Brandon Maggart, whose wife I have spoken with numerous times. She’s totally rocked the speed work sessions, and improved so much – without question, she makes her husband proud. Their son, Blake, is the most energetic and outgoing kid you’ll ever meet.
To read more about Sgt. Maggart, click here.
In addition, I ran my three miles this morning for the following fallen members:
Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez // December 1, 1980 – March 21, 2003
LCpl Gutierrez, 22, of Los Angeles, California was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, out of Camp Pendleton. LCpl Gutierrez has a pretty intense story. Losing both parents at a young age, he became an orphan on the streets of Mexico at the age of 8. In 1997, at the age of 22, he set foot for America. The 3,000 mile trail did not come easy, but the fighting spirit in LCpl Gutierrez made it. His reason to join the Army was not only to get his citizenship, but instead to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. There is also a plaque in his memoriam in a cemetery in his native Guatemala.
Marine 2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers // June 19, 1972 – March 21, 2003
2ndLt Childers, 30, of Harrison County, Mississippi was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, out of Camp Pendleton, California. 2ndLt Childers had wanted to join the Marines since he was five years old. A born leader, he was serious and dedicated in building his life around being a Marine. He enjoyed skiing, backpacking, and was an avid runner. He also had climbed Mount Hood in Oregon, with several Marine buddies. He was also a French major, and had a flair for Renaissance living. He also loved to read, especially on anything related to the Marine Corps.
Marine Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy // October 1, 1977 – March 20, 2003
Cpl Kennedy, 25, of Houston Texas was assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station out of Camp Pendleton. Playing football and lacrosse in high school, he was inspired by a fellow student at Texas Tech whom had become a Marine. He was an avid golfer, loved rock climbing, grilling with family, and was very caring and selfless and humble.