MONTROSE, CO, USA U.S. Marines LCPL, A CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MAR, (2-BCT, 2D MAR DIV), 1ST MAR DIV, CAMP PENDLETON, CA AR RAMADI, IRAQ 06/15/2005
Chad B. Maynard finished school early so he could go to boot camp his spring semester senior year. He even went to his graduation in 2004 in his Marine uniform.”One of my friends said that God rested on the seventh day and on the eighth day made Maynard for the Marines,” said friend Tom Sramek.
Maynard, 19, of Montrose, Colo., was killed June 15 when an explosive detonated near his vehicle near Ramadi. He was based at Camp Pendleton. Maynard is survived by his wife Becky, who was pregnant with their first child.
Maynard came from a military family and spent most of his high school years in the ROTC classroom, where he took younger cadets under his wing and was credited with giving the high school a competitive drill team.
He secretly contacted recruiters about his intentions to join when he was 16 and sneaked in Marine brochures into the house. Recruiters had to tell the teen to stop reaching them until he was of age, his father said.
“We thought he was the guy that nothing would happen to,” Sramek said.
Maynard is survived by his parents, Gene and Cindy.