Based: Camp Lejeune, N.C.
2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom
Died: August 27, 2010
Helmand province, Afghanistan
Hometown: Yucca Valley
Swink, a Navy corpsman from Yucca Valley, was killed Aug. 27 during combat operations in southern Afghanistan's restive Helmand province. Navy corpsmen accompany infantry Marines on patrol to render medical assistance, sharing their risks.
Here Navy Corpsman James Michael Swink provides medical care to a boy with a hurt foot in Afghanistan, as two of the boy’s friends look on. Swink, from Yucca Valley, deployed to the country six weeks ago with the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines. (Family photo):
When the news of "Doc"'s death was announced on Facebook, scores of NAVY mothers changed their profile pictures to honor his sacrifice. His star is now gold like his heart.James is survived by his parents, Jim and Laura Swink of San Angelo, Texas; brother and sister-in-law John and Kristen Swink of Roanoke, Va.; sister Melissa Strickland and her children, Mikayla and Amanda of Abilene, Texas; brother and sister-in-law Brian and Brandi Mullins and their children, Collin, ShayLynn, Kaitlan and Brooklin of Palm Springs; grandmother Delores Marshall of Shingle Springs; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
May God comfort his family with the peace that passes understanding.
— Karen A.
August 29, 2010 at 11:22 a.m.
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