Hatakyukakeyu Yearby


OVERBROOK, OK, USA

U.S. Marines

LCPL, 3D BN, 3D MAR, (RCT-7, I MEF FWD), 3D MARDIV, KANEOHE BAY, HI

AL ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ 05/14/2006


He was from Overlook Oklahoma part of southern Oklahoma’s Love County and the greater Marietta, Oklahoma area. Marine Lance Corporal Yearby was a warrior, a hero and a brother. He was well known for artfully balancing his Choctaw and his military worlds.

LCPL Yearby was killed by a roadside bomb along with two other soldiers on May 14, 2006 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq as his unit supported Operation Iraqi Freedom. He had only been in country for two months. LCPL Yearby was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; He was twenty-one years old.

Hatak performed traditional American Indian dances with grace, compassion, discipline and free spirit which is the way he lived his life. He had a desire to be in the military since he was a young boy. And he believed in what he was doing. warrior, and

Friends and family remembered how he loved to hunt, but never came back with anything. He played tricks, won dancing awards at powwows and appeared on a recruiting magazine for ‘Upward Bound’ because of a headdress he made from a T-shirt.

At his memorial service, nine of his friends stood to remember LCPL Yearby. His friends said that he would always be known to them as the ace of spades, the most important card in the deck. He touched them so dearly that words could not explain. Another friend told Lindsey Michelle, Yearby’s wife, that she helped him fulfill his dream of being a husband. One friend noted that while there were many great words to describe Hatak, the only real word needed was “brother.”

Hatakyukakeyu’s portrait is also located on Poster 3