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Angel Rosa, 21, of South Portland, Maine; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, died March 13, 2007 from wound received while conducting combat operations in al Anbar province, Iraq.

 

Angel is remembered as an outstanding athlete as well as a dedicated leader and dear friend. He was never afraid to challenge himself, to push himself beyond his limits, at whatever he chose to do.

 

His Aunt recalls that “a lot of things came easy to him. But he was never a braggart. He was as humble a young man as you will ever meet.” She further says, “Angel will be remembered as a man who touched everyone’s lives, a man who inspired us to be better all around…”

 

 

US Marine Corps Sergeant Mark T. Smykowski, 23, of Mentor, OH was killed on June 6, 2006 while conducting combat operations in al Anbar province, Iraq.

 

He was part of a group from his high school, all of whom enlisted in the Marine Corps together, known as the Mentor Seven. Their relationship was much deeper than simple friendship….it was BROTHERHOOD.

 

Smykowski chose to become a reconnaissance man, one of the most difficult jobs in the military service. Among other things, recon involves scout swimming; small-boat operations; close combat skills; helicopter and submarine insertion and extraction techniques; and assault climbing.

 

“His heart was huge” says one of his fellow Mentor Seven. “He was an example of what a young person should be as far as appreciation of freedom and all that it stands for.”

 

After his funeral, young men approached Smykowski’s mother and asked if they could do anything for her. “Yes”, she said. “Live like there’s no tomorrow. Make your mother proud. So if something happened tomorrow, you’ll have no regrets.” That’s how her son lived.

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Lance Cpl. Bishop of Dickson, Tenn., was a 2002 graduate of Dickson County High School and joined the Marine Corps through the delayed entry program in September 2002. He went on active duty in 2003 and went to Afghanistan right out of boot camp. He was trained as a machine gunner and was promoted to lance corporal in July 2006. He always felt protective of his family and even told them he would protect them. He was the kind that would always come to your rescue.

 

 

Bishop went through some difficult times personally, but was able to pull through, and afterward “he always found a way to make a bad situation better,” said Sgt. Walter Rattray.

 

“Adam was one of the best guys I knew. Always caring, always loving, he would give you the shirt off your back if you needed it,” Rattray said. “I loved Adam like a brother. He will never be forgotten.”

 

 

 

 

On April 29, 2007 during his final patrol mission, Manion made the ultimate sacrifice.

His patrol was concluding a search of a suspected insurgent house when it came under precision small arms fire attack.  With the corpsman seriously wounded by enemy fire and the attack developing in to a full-scale ambush, Manion and a fellow Marine exposed themselves to increasing fire to pull the corpsman out of the kill zone.

After recovering the corpsman and administering first aid, Manion led his patrol in a counter attack personally eliminating an enemy position.  As he continued to direct the patrol, another Marine was wounded.  He again moved across the kill zone, under fire by five insurgents, to recover the wounded Marine.  Iraqi Army reinforcements were halted by an IED and were unable to advance on the flank of the insurgents, leaving Manion and his patrol to take fire from three sides.

While fearlessly exposing himself to gain a more advantageous firing position and drawing enemy fire away from the wounded Marines, Manion was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper.

His courageous and deliberate actions inspired the eventual counter attack and ultimately saved the lives of every member of his patrol, according to his medal citation.

 

“In January 2007, during one of our final phone conversations, Travis said to me, ‘Mom, America does not know how good they have it and all the good the young men and women over here are doing for them. They need to know.’

 

During his first stay at home, Travis and his brother-in-law attended an Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field. As they were leaving the stadium, Travis’ brother-in-law joked with Travis that if he tripped him and broke his leg, Travis would not have to return to Iraq and could stay home in Doylestown. Travis turned to him and said, “Hey Dave, if not me, then who?”

Thanks to ALL who took part in Summer 2017 Hero Week honoring fallen Marines and our Corps Fitness foundations.

 

Many went for all 7 days….congrats to all of YOU!

 

Big props to Ryan McLin who was our inaugural recipient of the Kyle Pagerly CF Spirit award.  Not only did he do all 7 days, but he did them with integrity, all while motivating others around him with his 110% work ethic and motivating words!

 

And as a wrap, below is the link to the recap video posted on youtube!  Thanks all!

 

FINAL REMINDER: Tomorrow’s Finale Day Hero Week workout begins at 9:00AM at Happy Hollow Playground! 1100 Wayne Avenue, Wyomissing.
Don’t forget to stay after the workout for the After-Party. There were a few (very few) extra Mission BBQ meal tickets ordered. First come, first served for those!
See you tomorrow!

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Missed every single day.  Outstanding attendance and outstanding effort by all.  Honoring Pags on the 6th anniversary of his death.

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Brandon J. Van Parys, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 20, of New Tripoli, formerly of Schwenksville, was killed Feb. 5, 2007, when he was struck by a grenade while on patrol in Al-Anbar Province in Iraq. He was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

 

“He’s a hero,” Alan Van Parys told WFMZ-TV. “He gave his life protecting his battalion commander. How can you not be proud of that?”

He said his son had been motivated to join the Marines by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Before Van Parys’ deployment, his father said he told the family, “I’ve done this training, it’s time to put it to use.”

 

Corps Fitness Foundation: Act and think as a unit; Individual Action in Teamwork

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Marine Lance Corporal Adam Loggins, of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marineswas killed while serving in Iraq.

 

He is described as a fun-loving young man who was serious about serving his country as a Marine.   He was motivated to join the Marines after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and was determined to do his part for the country.

 

His dad said, “during our last talks, he told me that he would not be able to live with himself if he did not do this. He did not want to look back at his life and wish he had done something.”

 

He also said, “Adam had experienced many things in his very short life. He packed a lot of living in his 27 years and brought joy to his family and friends.”

 

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Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey was just weeks away from a new chapter of his life. He was due to marry his fiancé in July, but was killed on May 24, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

 

“He had an attitude and a heart of service,” said Bob Dennis, a family friend. “He put himself out for other people.”

 

Corporal Seth Sheppard, Sgt. Alfred Nieto and Cpl. Nathaniel Hoy gave personal reflections on their experiences with Coffey and just how much he affected their lives for the better.

 

“Only once, only once in a very long while does that Marine come around,” said Nieto. “That Marine has everything to be great; eagerness to learn, passion to be the very best at everything he is taught and extremely humble. When people talk about having the mythical ‘it,’ Cpl. Coffey could very well have been the definition.”

 

Corps Fitness Themes: Being a Part of something bigger than yourself;

FINALE DAY WORKOUT INFO!
*Meet at Happy Hollow Playground (1100 Wayne Ave, Wyomissing) by 8:50AM. Honor Roll bio read and warm up starts promptly at 9AM. We will meet on the Wayne Avenue end.
*If you have a weight vest, please bring. If not, consider bringing a weighted, snug fitting backpack. 15 – 20 lbs in weight. NOTE: Not everyone needs a weight vest/backpack. But, if you have one to use, or to share, please consider doing so.
*Consider carpooling from Corps Fitness to Happy Hollow. Make arrangements with other CFers to meet at Corps Fitness, and jump in a car together to get to Happy Hollow.
*Wear sneakers that are good for running.
*We start at Happy Hollow, but finish at Corps Fitness!
*After-party begins when ALL are finished with workout.
*Still options available for hand cycles in lieu of run.
*At return to Corps Fitness, please remember we will be accepting donations to the Semper Fi Fund www.semperfifund.org.
*Hope to see Many, Many people there to conclude this Hero Week with a great Finale!!

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Hero Week Day 2
We honor Captain Todd M. Siebert, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines who died February 16, 2007 while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province, Iraq.
Relatives said Siebert always wanted to be in the military, often dressing like a soldier in the backyard when he was very young. “Probably 70 percent of his life was dedicated to being in the military”, said his brother Tom Siebert.
He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Navy Unit Commendation.
He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Dorothy, his wife Darcy and 2 children, Nicholas and Alicia, a brother and 2 sisters.
We also honor Donald M. Marler. US Marine Corporal Donald M. Marler of St. Louis, MO died on June 6, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
His personal service awards include: the Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Donald was an enthusiastic athlete and a faithful son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Most importantly Donald was a passionate Marine who placed service to his country far higher that anything else.
Today we did “The Don”….a 10 exercise, 66 rep chipper. We did it for a reason. Mental mindset. You didn’t know what you were going to get when you walked into the gym today. You never know what curveballs life is going to throw your way on a day to day basis, so why should your workouts at Corps Fitness be any different. But hopefully, with a Corps Fitness “Can Do” attitude, you take those challenges head-on with the mental readiness to get it done. And then there’s INTEGRITY. Every rep. Best Form. Every Round. Best Effort. No further explanation needed.
Nicely done folks, grinding your way through an “everything under the kitchen sink” kinda day!

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HERO WEEK DAY 1
We honor Lance Corporal David P. Lindsey of Spartanburg, SC who died May 25th 2007 while serving in Iraq as an infantryman with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. He was scheduled to return home in August of that year.
Lindsey’s father said “he was proud to be a Marine and proud to serve. He always wanted to be like his father, grandfather and uncle and serve in the military.”
His sister shared a part of a letter Lindsay had written since being stationed in Iraq. It painted a picture of who he was. It said, “We have been watching Flags of our Fathers. It’s about the Marines on Iwo Jima and the flag-raising on top of the mountain. I tell you, where the U.S. troops were outnumbered and had the disadvantage but still went face to face with dangers and still took the objective; those men and women are true American heroes (like Pops).”
Also in the letter he wrote, “this is my promise to y’all. Iraq is bad, but it isn’t going to stop me (like father, like son). I’m out here on the front lines so y’all can sleep in peace tonight.”
We also honor Marine Staff Sergeant Daniel Hansen who died February 14, 2009 in Farah Providence, Afghanistan when and IED he was working on detonated. His twin brother, also a Marine, described Daniel as someone who excelled at everything, always wanting to be a hero at everything. He was a “Marine’s Marine”.
When every future Marine arrives for boot camp, they stand on yellow footprints; footprints where many stood before them, some having made the ultimate sacrifice. In every story you hear about our fallen Marines this week, the feeling of PRIDE in being a Marine is what resonates. Squad leader calisthenics called about by our Sgt Kaag was the lead-off to our first day of Hero Week. At Corps Fitness, we too have pride in what we do, the effort we give, and the unity in which we do it.

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