S: United states Marine Corps Thomas Anthony Paidousis 1371
FC: Semper Fidelis
1: From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli; We fight our country's battles In the air, on land, and sea; First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean: We are proud to claim the title Of United States Marine. Our flag's unfurled to every breeze From dawn to setting sun; We have fought in every clime and place Where we could take a gun; In the snow of far-off Northern lands And in sunny tropic scenes; You will find us always on the job The United States Marines. Here's health to you and to our Corps Which we are proud to serve; In many a strife we've fought for life And never lost our nerve; If the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven's scenes; They will find the streets are guarded By The United States Marines.
2: “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.” -Ronald Reagan | PAIDOUSIS "DUCE" "TALIBAN SLAYER"
3: This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit... My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will... Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
4: Awards Joint Service Achievement Navy& Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device Combat Action Ribbon Navy Presidential Unit Citation Navy Unit Commendation Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal** National Defense Service Medal Afghanistan Campaign Medal** Iraq Campaign Medal* Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terror Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon*** NATO ISAF Medal
5: 1371 | Combat engineers construct, alter, repair, and maintain buildings and structures; lift and move heavy objects and equipment by setting up, bracing, and utilizing rigging devices and equipment; and perform various duties incidental to the use of demolitions in construction projects and destruction of objects. Personnel assigned this MOS are taught carpentry and other construction skills as well as demolitions, specialized demolitions for urban breaching and land mine warfare.
6: A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such thing as a former Marine. You're a Marine, just in a different uniform and you're in a different phase of your life. But you'll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There's no such thing as a former Marine. General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
9: Never Forgotten | JOHNSON 01-27-09 | WALLACE 01-27-09 | SSGT HANSEN LCPL OLESKI CPL WILLIAMS
10: USMC | From the naval actions of the Revolution to the mountains of Afghanistan, Marines have served valiantly in every one of our nation's conflicts. For hundreds of years, Marines have fought, lived and died with honor, continuing the Marine Corps legacy of service to our nation. Every Marine, past and present, has earned their place within this proud culture of traditions, symbols and values.
13: NOW ZAD | Operation Eastern Resolve
14: "Improvise, Adapt and Overcome"
16: The wonderful love of a beautiful maid, The love of a staunch true man, The love of a baby, unafraid, Have existed since time began. But the greatest of loves, The quintessence of loves. even greater than that of a mother, Is the tender, passionate, infinite love, of one drunken Marine for another. "Semper Fidelis"
18: Sgt Trevor Johnson Born: February 8, 1985 KIA: January 27, 2009
19: 1371 Sgt. Trevor J. Johnson, 23, of Colstrip, Montana, grew up on the ranch in southeastern Montana, the fifth generation of his family to do so. At an early age, Trevor decided he would follow in the footsteps of both his grandfathers and serve in the military. In junior high school, his parents attempted to persuade him to follow an educational route and they took him on tours of different universities. Trevor was smart and a gifted learner, participating in advanced placement classes of trigonometry, physics and calculus. On September 11, 2001, after the terrorist attacks, Trevor said "I can defend those who can't defend themselves." He signed up with the Marine Corps during his senior year in high school in 2003 in order to give something back to his nation and to make a difference in other people's lives. He served in Japan with missions throughout southeast Asia, before requesting a transfer to the 2/3/3 going to Afghanistan. He served his first tour of duty in Afghanistan from June 2005 to January 2006, his second tour of duty was in Iraq from October 2006 to May 2007. Trevor was promoted to Sergeant at the age of 20, and his good looks earned him the nickname "Hollywood" by his fellow soldiers. He was even called up on stage with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders during a USO tour. He came home from that tour and made some changes in his life, he re-enlisted and met Nikki, whom he married on October 29, 2007. Trevor was a great father, and before he left for his last tour of duty, he set up a new playset for his children in their backyard. In November of 2008, he left for Afghanistan with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., the MEB Anti-terror Unit, which he requested. He was killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. His military awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon with a gold star in lieu of a second award, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three bronze stars in lieu of a fourth award, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation. Trevor would have been home by fall of 2009, he had planned on enrolling at the Georgia Institute of Technology to earn an engineering degree, then return to the military. He is survived by his wife, Nikki; and their two children, a son, Landan Blake Johnson, age 3, and a daughter, Aspyn Jocelyn Johnson, age 8 months; his parents, Tom and Colleen Johnson; a sister and her husband, Erin and Brian Hague, and their daughter Heidi; along with seven uncles, an aunt and their families
20: Sgt David Wallace Born: June 5, 1983 KIA: January 27, 2009
21: A Marine from western Pennsylvania has been killed in Afghanistan. Carol Wallace says her son, 25-year-old Sgt. David Wallace, of Sharpsville, was killed by an improvised explosive device on Tuesday in the Helmand Province. The Department of Defense says 23-year-old Sgt. Trevor J. Johnson, 23, of Forsyth, Mont., was also killed. Both were assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Wallace says her son was a combat engineer whose duties included removing and exploding bombs, conducting searches, working on vehicles and construction projects. Wallace leaves behind a wife, Erica, from Jacksonville, N.C., a stepson, Landon, 5, and a daughter, Brooklyn, 2. He was 2002 graduate of Sharpsville High School. Served 2 tours in Iraq before going to Afghanistan. David W. Wallace III loved sports, particularly football and wrestling, and hunting and fishing. “He was fun-loving,” said his mother, Carol Wallace. “He was a jokester. Pranks were not beneath him.” “He was just a goofball,” said Derek Songer, a friend. “He was silly. He always made you smile.”Wallace, 25, of Sharpsville, Pa., was killed Jan. 27 by a bomb blast in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was a 2002 high school graduate and was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C. He served two tours in Iraq, from September 2004 to April 2005 and July 2007 to January 2008. He also served in Bangladesh, Dubai and other parts of the world. Wallace worked hard and gave 100 percent, said John Napotnik, who was his defensive line coach in high school and taught him psychology in his senior year. Off the field, Wallace impressed people with his quiet friendliness. “I really liked the kid. He was a great kid,” Napotnik said. Wallace leaves behind his wife, Erica, a 5-year-old stepson, Landon, and a 2-year-old daughter, Brooklyn. “He was a real American hero,” said a friend, Ron Haywood. “He was the type of guy, whatever he did, he did 110 percent.”
22: SSGT JASON AARON ROGERS | April 9, 1982-April 7, 2011 | Brother, Best Friend, Marine | "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.." "Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste death but once."
23: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
25: The beautiful thing about memories is that they are yours; whether they are good, bad, or indifferent. They belong to you, and no matter where life takes you, your memories tie you to where you've been, and to where you are now.