COLUMBUS, IN, US
U.S. Marine Corps
SGT, 2D CEB, (RCP3, MEB-A FWD), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC
02/18/2010, HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
To coin a phrase my daughter-in-law said at Jeremy’s celebration of life, “Jeremy was the strongest person I know and the most sensitive person I know”. Jeremy was a tower of strength to me. At the age of 9 he lost his father (my husband) to cancer. Before the funeral he asked if he could be a pallbearer for his father. I use to have to remind him that it was my responsibility to take care of him not him trying to be the man of the house.
He was a very caring person and would stop to fix a flat tire for someone or take care of someone involved in an accident that he didn’t even know. He was someone you could really count on as a friend in good times and bad times. Jeremy had a passion for animals and never wanted to see an animal abused.
I was told a story by one of his fellow Marines that served with him in Afghanistan that they found some scrawny goats and most of the guys wanted to kill them and have fresh meat. Jeremy convinced them to keep them as pets. When he would come back to camp he would greet the goats with “Hi there shitty little goats” with a smile on his face.
Jeremy loved fishing and camping. He also loved going 4-wheeling. Jeremy loved history and visiting historical places. He seemed to always be drawn to military statues. An image that sticks in my mind was him as a young teenager standing in front of the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC reading name after name. How fitting that he was honoring those that gave the ultimate sacrifice that he later in life would also give.