Based: Camp Pendleton
1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: April 1, 2005
Hometown: Santa Maria
Foreign Country of Birth: Philippines
From Military Times:
SoCal Marine killed in Iraq protecting an injured Marine
By Associated Press
SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Cpl. Garry Wesley Rimes was killed protecting another Marine.
After a diesel truck drove into a building and exploded, a badly injured Marine crawled from the rubble. Rimes and others encircled the medics as they treated Lance Cpl. Daryl F. Brown Jr. Insurgents fired, killing Rimes.
“Corporeal Rimes is our hero,” Brown’s sister Danica Love of Baytown, Texas, wrote in a letter to the Santa Maria Times. “My whole family feels a deep gratitude to him.”
A native of the Philippines, Rimes immigrated to the United States in 1996. He joined the Marines in 1997, hoping the military would help in his goal to become a U.S. citizen.
Rimes took a break from the military in 2001 but couldn’t stay away for long. He re-enlisted in 2004, working in the Marines recruiting office in Santa Maria.
“I know he was a hard worker, he was dependable. He was always on time,” said Marine Sgt. James Gordon, who leads the Santa Maria recruiters. “He missed the Marine Corps.”
In addition to a sister, Rimes is survived by his wife, who lives in the Philippines, and his mother, who lives in Milwaukee.
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