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Dennis E Kancler


U.S. Marine Corps



Three Marine Corps special operators died Sunday along with a military dog after their living quarters caught fire in western Afghanistan. Sergeant Kancler, the father of a young son, graduated from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in 2003. He reported to Parris Island in September of the same year, according to a 2008 chamber of commerce newsletter in Jacksonville, N.C., near where Kancler was based at Camp Lejeune.

Dennis was a private person who liked working out and spending time in the woods deer hunting, and he was hoping to finish his degree in sports medicine. He joined the Marines because he wanted to serve his country after the September 11th attacks, he told the Jacksonville chamber of commerce newsletter. The Kancler Family saw fit to express their feelings in a letter to the community that sustained them during this ordeal.

Letter to Brecksville Community From The Kancler Family

There must be no greater pain than the loss of your child. You cannot sleep and the grief hurts so deeply, but then God sends you angels. They come as the Military Casualty Officer who will never leave your side. They are the volunteers, the USO and the members of the community who provide for you. They are the businessmen and the community leaders. We were blessed with the men, women and children who stood in line with signs of support, hands to their hearts and flags in their hands. Our words will never express what you did, but your efforts continue to give comfort and strength we so very much welcome. God bless you all.

The Kancler Family, Brecksville

“But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” -William Shakespeare

Rest in peace my Brothers, you have not been forgotten.


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