UPDATED: Darkhorse Battalion

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5th Marines

The Pink Flamingo is taking the December 8 Wednesday’s Hero and turning it into a memorial list for the Darkhorse Battalion.  Sadly, every couple of days we receive the names of additional brave men who have given their lives for freedom.  Someone needs to remember their sacrifice.

ORIGINAL WEDNESDAY’S HERO POST: By now I’m sure you’ve all heard about 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines “Darkhorse” and the heavy casualties they’ve taken since being deployed to Afghanistan in September.

Almost 20 causalities in October and November. Below is a list of the 3/5 Darkhorse Marines that I was able to find.

JANUARY 4:

“…Lance Cpl. Maung P. Htaik, 20, of Hagerstown, Md., died Jan. 1 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C….”

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DECEMBER 27:

“…Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. Corzine, 23, of Bethalto, Ill., died Dec. 24 of wounds received Dec. 5 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif….”

DECEMBER 17:

“Lance. Cpl. Jose L. Maldonado, 21, of Mathis, Texas, died Dec. 17 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.”

DECEMBER 9:  Unfortunately, between the time this post went up and this afternoon more brave Darkhorse Marines hves given their all for freedom.

“...Cpl. Derek A. Wyatt, 25, of Akron, Ohio, died Dec. 6 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. …”

“…Pfc. Colton W. Rusk, 20, of Orange Grove, Texas, died Dec. 6 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif…”

If I’ve missed anyone please let me know. I’m not able to profile them all individually, but you can go here to find more information on these men.

U.S. Marines

Marine Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate
Marine Lance Cpl. James D. Boelk
Marine Lance Cpl. Randy R. Braggs
Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm
Marine Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood
Marine Cpl. Justin J. Cain
Marine Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros
Marine Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. Corzine
Marine Pfc. Victor A. Dew
Marine 1st Lt. William J. Donnelly IV
Marine Lance Cpl. Maung P. Htaik
Marine 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly
Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph C. Lopez
Marine Lance. Cpl. Jose L. Maldonado
Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon W. Pearson
Marine Sgt. Jason D. Peto
Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald
Marine Pfc. Colton W. Rusk
Marine Lance Cpl. John T. Sparks
Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack
Marine Sgt. Ian M. Tawney
Marine Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge
Marine Cpl. Derek A. Wyatt


This video features the Darkhorse Battalion on patrol.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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