[5440 note: I was moved by this memorial by a good friend of the blog. It's sad that we don't hear enough about our heroes overseas in the mainstream media.]
What do we say when we hear one of our Nation’s finest has lost their life in war?
My sincerest sympathies.
Thoughts and Prayers to the family and friends.
Thank you for your service and for fighting for liberty so that I may remain free.
For me, each of these and so many more hold true with every news story read or seen on television. But for the past week, my heart has felt considerably saddened and heavier with thoughts of the death of Marine Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Raible, Commanding Officer of Marine Attack Squadron(VMA- 211) “TheWake Island Avengers,” based out of Yuma, AZ.
|The Wake Island Avengers VMA-211 over Wake Island
On September 14, 2012, as numerous anti-American protests continued to rage across the Middle East, fifteen Afghans with automatic rifles and grenade launchers, and wearing U.S. military uniforms, attacked U.S. Marine Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, destroying six and damaging two AV-8B Harrier jets, three refueling stations and killing LtCol Raible and Marine Sgt. Bradley Atwell.
Raible died heroically while leading several other Marines, Atwell included, in an aggressive counter attack defending his aircraft and Marines against a more heavily armed Taliban force. Their sacrifice saved countless others and is a testament to their character, honor and commitment to our country. 14 of the 15 attackers were killed. That one who wasn’t killed? He is wounded and captured. The Wake Island Avengers will have vengeance and justice will prevail.
I’ve read many articles online about LtCol Raible and his life over the past week. He graduated from Newton High School in Huntingdon, PA, studied civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and was commissioned as a Marine officer on May 21, 1995. His awards were many: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Air Medal-Strike/Flight (numeral 10), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), Air Medal-Individual Action, AFG Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (second award) and NATO Service Medal – International Assistance Force.
Read the full memorial here:
The Jersey-Texan: In Memoriam of Marine LtCol Christopher “Otis” Raible: 100% Marine 100% American.