Based: Camp Pendleton
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom
Died: October 13, 2010
Helmand province, Afghanistan
Hometown: Granite Bay
High School: Granite Bay High (Granite Bay)
Burial: East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento
From the LA Times:
Family members say he had been preparing for duty since he was 12, when he first draped a giant Marine Corps flag over his bed.
Victor Dew and his fiance, Courtney Gold, seen in August, were planning… (NULL)
November 14, 2010|By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Their plan seemed simple: a wedding in the fall, a nice house on a big lot, a big truck and, some day, when the time was right, a few kids.
"I wanted it to be a promise for him," she said. "To say, 'Look at all that will be waiting for you. Come home.' "
But about two weeks after the anti-tank assault specialist reached Afghanistan, everything changed. Three Marines came to his parents' home to tell them that their son had been killed.
He was among four Marines killed Oct. 13 when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. Also killed were Cpl. Justin J. Cain, 22, of Manitowoc, Wis.; Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald, 21, of Albany, Ore.; and Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge, 19, of St. Charles, Mo.
Family members say Dew had been preparing for duty since he was 12, when he first draped a giant Marine Corps flag over his bed. As a boy, he would sit for hours watching old war documentaries on the History Channel.
"He wanted to be on the front lines where it counts," Gold said. "He always thought it was his duty."
For a while, his parents, Tom and Patty Schumacher, persuaded him to go to college, but after a semester and a half, their eldest son insisted on enrolling in the Marines.
When he set out for boot camp, his close-knit family supported him, glowing with pride as they watched him fulfill his goal. Nearly every month, they packed into their minivan, sometimes with Gold, and drove eight hours south to see him at Camp Pendleton.
He was a strong individual, his mother said, "who always liked to take care of things himself."
From an early age, he was shaped and disciplined by martial arts. His jujitsu teacher, Clint LeMay, was one of his closest friends.
"When I met him, he was a like a 30-year-old man walking in a 13-year-old's body," LeMay said. "He was wise beyond his years and knew how to deal with all kinds of people."
Whenever Dew struggled with a sweep or a throw, LeMay said, he would grow frustrated, then focus and work harder than most other students to improve. Over the years, Dew moved up to a second-degree black belt. He also began teaching.
"I said 'Yes! Yes! Yes!' " Gold said.
The two had planned to move to Southern California while Dew finished with the Marines. She was going to become a medical assistant. He thought he might become a nurse. Eventually, they wanted to return to the Sacramento area to buy a home.
Now, Gold said, the future is a blur.
Days before Dew's burial, she put on her wedding dress and had someone take photographs. They were placed in her fiance's casket.
"I bought that dress for him," she said. "He deserved to see me in it."
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Cpl. Justin J. Cain, 22, of Manitowoc, WI -- Rest In Peace
Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald, 21, of Albany, OR -- Rest In Peace
Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge, 19, of Saint Charles, MO -- Rest In Peace