VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, USA U.S. Marines LCPL, 3D BN, 6TH MAR, (RCT-1, I MEF FWD), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC BETHESDA 06/11/2008
Kelly was a science fiction movie lover and greatly enjoyed the beats and grooves of dance music. But he didn’t limit himself there and possibly miss out on the excitement of other movie and music genres, he was open to them all– new ones, old ones, fast ones, and slow ones. His friends loved that about him. And they recall him making everyone feel at ease and comfortable no matter where they were. He put them before himself and didn’t want his friends and family to worry about him, because he had no fear. Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the U.S.A. reminded him of his fallen ‘brothers,’ a group that sadly he has now joined. But he lived with no regrets. He was go-go-go and rarely looked back.
He was a native of Virginia Beach, VA and the 19-year-old son of Peter and Lisa. He looked forward to returning home from Iraq, being with his family and Marine buddies, and relaxing on the beach, while probably eating Slim Jims and his favorite crackers. He wasn’t sure of his future plans yet, and considered anything from being a police officer to a massage therapist. His family loved him immensely and were by his side all the way to the end. So proud of their free-spirited yet tough Marine they were, who joined in November 2005 and was completing his 2nd tour of duty. With his father being retired from the Navy and some neighbors in military households, noble service to our country is a tie he shared with his close-knit community. Then he made the ultimate sacrifice for them and us. We are forever grateful.
Kelly often brought Marine buddies home when he visited, always the considerate friend who lived life to the fullest. Scarlet and gold ribbons, Marine Corps colors laced with black strands, once hung from columns and doors, but now they hang from our hearts. He once said the Marine Corps changed him from “a little worm back in school” into a young man doing “better than most other 19-year-olds at least.” Lance Corporal Kelly Everett Charles Watters was awarded two Purple Heart medals and a combat action ribbon during his time of Service. We remember his free spirit in all we do, as it is flying high and saying “Semper Fi.” Thank you to Kelly, a true American Hero.