Michael D. Scholl

INCOLN, NE, U.S.A. U.S. MARINE CORPS LCPL,E CO,2D BN, 3D MAR,(RCT-7, MEF FWD)3D MAR DIV, MCBH, KANEOHE BAY, HI 11/14/2006, HADITHAH, IRAQ


A sign in front of Holy Savior Lutheran Church read Semper Fi, Always Faithful.


LCPL Michael David Scholl grew up in this northwest end of Lincoln. Years ago, he attended this church at the invitation of his friend and fellow Marine, Jason Hilker.


Scenes from LCPL Scholl’s life were captured in a slide show and photos displayed on a table.


A slide of Michael and his wife Melissa, beaming with joy, their faces pressed together.


A photo of Scholl on his 21st birthday, taken last May between his tour in Afghanistan and a second deployment to Iraq.


The Rev. Robert Swearer, explained this service was “a Thanksgiving” for the life of LCPL Scholl. Then he introduced MSGT Robert Busto, who came from Hawaii to represent The Third Regiment.


“The Marines have pride,” MSGT Busto said, “and a sense of purpose. Scholl was part of that.”


MSGT Busto described the grieving Marines stationed back in Hawaii, where the Scholls had lived during their marriage. “We say you are married to the Marine Corps first,” he told the young wife. “But let me tell you last week, you were in the thoughts of everybody there.”


A soloist sang “You Are My Sunshine,” a tune LCPL Scholl’s mother had sung to him when he was a boy. And the Rev. Swearer added, “You see Michael in the sunshine …”


“He was very good at what he did,” Ed Darack, a freelance photographer, who was embedded with LCPL Scholl’s platoon in the mountains of Afghanistan in October 2005 stated, “He was smart and tough and dedicated. The best of the best.”


“I see the name Mike Scholl on my mobile phone and it’s just a shock. It makes you stop breathing for a second,” Ed Darack added. “I just can’t emphasize what a wonderful human being he was.”