Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Marcus M. Cherry, Marines, Lance Corporal -- Rest In Peace

Marcus M. Cherry, 18

Marines, Lance Corporal
Based: Camp Pendleton
2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: April 6, 2004
Ramadi, Iraq
Gender: Male
Hometown: Imperial
High School: Imperial High (Imperial)

Update, March 4, 2011:
I was just sittin here thinkin about you brother. You cross my mind all the time. The inspiration you gave me to make it through the hard times we had still carries in my heart. And it always will. Not a day goes by i dont think of you. I love you bro and miss you like crazy.
— Cpl William Marr
March 4, 2011 at 8:55 p.m.

After his brother Andre joined the Marines, Marcus followed. Each was sent to Iraq. By sheer chance about a week ago, Marcus spotted Andre outside a mess hall in Fallouja. The two lance corporals chatted happily for two hours.
Marcus Cherry, 18, was killed Tuesday during a battle in Al Anbar province. He was among 24 Camp Pendleton Marines killed last week, the majority, like Cherry, from the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. An infantryman, he recently was promoted to team leader...
Andre Cherry will accompany his brother's body home to Imperial, in a desert corner of southeastern California.
After Marcus graduated from boot camp, he left a note on his stepfather's door along with his picture in his Marine dress-blue uniform. It said, in part: "I want to thank you for being there for me and participating in raising me to the best of your ability. I will do my very best to make you proud and uphold the Corps’ values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment to Corps and Country."
In addition to his mother and older brother, Marcus Cherry is survived by his father, Andre Cherry Sr. of San Diego; a half sister, Monique Tyler, 12; and a half brother, Stephen Tyler, 9.

Read more about Lance Corporal Marcus M. Cherry at Military Times, the LA Times and at
Freedom Remembered.
Lance Corporal Cherry previously remembered here at Boom3.

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