Please help me reunite the Marines from Charlie Company who spilled blood sweat and tears together in the Battle for An Nasiriyah. My goal here is to raise $5,000 to help reduce the cost of a memorial dinner being hosted for Charlie Company 1st Battalion 2nd Marines. This dinner is being held in Washington DC. This event is to reunite Charlie Company, and pay tribute to the Marines they lost on that bloody day in Nasiriyah, the costliest day of combat for America in the invasion of Iraq.
Eighteen Marines died in Charlie Company's battle for that northern bridge. Donald Cline was a twenty-one year old husband and father of two young boys. Patrick Nixon loved history and wanted to eventually be a teacher. Phil...lip Jordan was a career Marine and loving husband and father. Fred Pokorney was a giant of a man who had just been promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Sergeant Michael Bitz was the father of two young boys and one-month old twins. David Fribley and Brian Buesing were both Florida natives. Fribley joind the Corps after 9/11 and Buesing had been in the Marines since he graduated from high school. Brendon Reiss was the son of a decorated Vietnam Veteran and Randal Rosacker was the son of a Navy Master Chief submarine sailor. Jose Garibay and Jorge Gonzalez were both from Southern California. Thomas Slocum was a 22 year old from Colorado and Nolen Hutchings was from South Carolina. They were both troubled teens that had worked to turn their lives around in the Corps. Tamario Burkett was a young Marine from upstate New York. Kemaphoom Chanawongse was born in Thailand and came to the United States at nine years old. He was the first to have a Buddhist funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. Johnathan Gifford wanted to be a Marine since he was a little boy. Michael Williams joined the Corps late in life. At 31, he was just a Lance Corporal but older than most of the young officers he worked for. On his trip over to Iraq, he emailed his girlfriend and asked her to marry him. Thomas Blair was not a member of Charlie Company. He was part of an anti-aircraft unit that had been assigned to Charlie Company. He too, went directly into the Marine Corps after high school graduation.
Charlie Company will be coming together again on the weekend of March 22nd-24th ten years to the day after the battle for the northern bridge in An Nasiriyah, in order to pay tribute to those marines who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to reunite those Marines who fought together and will remember that day forever.
This event is something that would mean a great deal to these Marines, and I am asking you to help make it possible.
Weapons Platoon Charlie Company
Any donations would be greatly appreciated.
Donation portal will be closed on Veterans Day November 11, 2012 at 3:30. We hope to meet our goal by this time.
Richard S. Lowry, Author of Marines in the Garden of Eden, Has donated an autographed first edition hard cover copy to the first ten people to donate $100.00 or more. This is an amazing book that tells the story on what took place in the Battle for An Nasiriyah. He has also included a personally signed autograph sticker, to anyone who donates $20.00 or more until he runs out of stickers. (Approximately 40)
Anyone who donates $500.00 or more Will receive a copy of Marines in the Garden of Eden, Signed by all the Marines of Charlie Company that are in attendance at the dinner.
- David and Robin Campbell
- Ronald Julin
- Kristi Ruud
- Jake Blomgren
- Chad Perry
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