HOLLY HILL, FL, US
SPC, CO C, 1ST BN, 124TH INF REGT, FLORIDA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
Specialist Marc Clayton Whisenant, of Daytona Beach and Holly Hill, Florida, was a United States Army Reservist attached to the Florida National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Miami, Florida. He died at age 23 on September 24, 2010 serving during Operation New Dawn in Kuwait. Whisenant was passionate about vehicles; he loved caring for his sports cars and military tanks. When back home he could be commonly seen driving around in his 2007 Chevy Cobalt SS. As a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, his leaders always praised him for his dedication, determination, and patience. Roger Tiffany, a former Boy Scout leader of Whisenant, recalled an incident during an activity where Whisenant broke his arm. His patience stood out to Tiffany in this moment; he did not complain he just sat calmly and quietly, waiting to be called into the emergency room. He carried these traits with him well into his life.
Whisenant graduated from Spruce Creek High School, where he had been a member of the school’s junior ROTC program all four years. His choice to enlist in the military lead to his transformation from a dedicated, determined Scout, to a dutiful soldier. He received the Bronze Star and the Florida Distinguished Service Medal for his loyal and courageous service for his country.