MARSOC March for their fallen friends

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MARSOC March for their fallen friends

Great story from the Washington Post written by the ever-excellent Dan Lamonthe today about some Marines out to honor their fallen brethren:

A year ago in March, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter descended into soupy fog off the coast of the Florida Panhandle and never returned. The helicopter crashed into water southwest of Eglin Air Force Base, killing all seven elite Special Operations Marines and all four Louisiana National Guardsmen aboard.

The incident sent shock waves through the Louisiana National Guard and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), the elite force the service established about a decade ago to carry out dangerous missions in remote locations. Now, a year later, fellow members of MARSOC are preparing a grueling send-off: With 45 pounds in rucksacks on their backs, they will march next month some 770 miles from the shore in Navarre, Fla., near the crash site to Camp Lejeune, N.C., home to MARSOC’s headquarters.

“I’ve literally been planning this since March 11, which is the day after it went down,” said Nathan Harris, a staff sergeant in MARSOC who was friends with a few of the Marines killed. “As soon as I saw the news reports and heard the rumors that it might be our guys, I started thinking about ways that we could honor their memory.”

The whole story is excellent, as is a previous article by Dan about one of the Fallen, Marine Silver Star recipient Staff Sgt. Andrew C. Seif, LINK HERE.  

Their website can be located by CLICKING HERE.  

"Honoring them one step at a time."
The Marine Raider Memorial March aims to honor the seven Marine Raiders who died March 10, 2015 when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter they were on crashed into the Santa Rosa Sound in Navarre, FL during a night training mission. The four National Guardsmen who were piloting the aircraft also died. On March 11, 2016, fourteen Marine Raiders from Camp Lejeune, N.C. will ruck in a relay style march over the course of 11 days. Starting from the crash site in Navarre, FL, the men will be divided into seven two-man teams, with each team averaging 11 miles before the next team takes over. The Marine Raiders will cross from Florida into Georgia and South Carolina before ending at Courthouse Bay on Camp Lejeune, covering a little over 770-miles total.

We are organizing this event to honor
Captain Stanford Shaw III, Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders, Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol,
Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp, Staff Sgt. Trevor Blaylock, and Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif

Never above you, Never below you, Always beside you 

Their route is also listed on their page if anyone is in the area and wants to give them encouragement and sustenance.

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These brave men have, sadly, fallen for their great nation. They are now in the light, true heroes who will never again feel the pain and suffering tragically endured. I know in my heart they are immersed within a heavenly realm, always loved, and now, forever protected. And never forget... they will always be remembered by those who have served.

God Bless you!

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