Anthony C Garcia
August 5, 2009
Killed while supporting combat operations in Farah Province, Afghanistan.
|Anthony C. Garcia
Anthony C. Garcia, 21, United States Navy Corpsman serving in Afghanistan. Husband of Jewell. Son of Carol (Lewis) Lindsey and Anthony J. (Martina) Garcia. Brother of Troy Garcia, Andy DeHerrera, Elijah Garcia, Elisha Garcia, Christine Stimpson. Visitation Thursday, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 East Dartmouth Ave. Visitation, Friday, 9:00am to 10:00am, followed by the Funeral Service at 10:00am at Colorado Christian Fellowship, 10682 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora. Interment, Fort Logan National Cemetery. Please share condolences at HoranCares.com.
Published in Denver Post from Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, 2009
|From Comprint Military Publications dcmilitary.com 09/03/09:
Former Naval Health Clinic corpsman remembered at memorial service
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Anthony C. Garcia, who until January was assigned to the Pax River Naval Health Clinic, was remembered in a memorial service last Friday at St. Nicholas Chapel.
Garcia was killed in action Aug. 5 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Farah province, Afghanistan, while assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rdMarine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He deployed to Afghanistan in May, supporting Marines in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Pax River Health Clinic Commanding Officer Capt. Linda Ireland came to the clinic after Garcia’s departure, but told the over 100 people present, ‘‘You do not need to meet someone to know the character of that person. Indeed, you can discern their character from their actions, from the esteem or regard expressed for them by their friends and co-workers. Such is the case today with HM3 Garcia.”
She continued, ‘‘I have learned that this was a young man with a warm, infectious smile who was highly regarded by his military and civilian shipmates. I have learned that he embodied our core values of honor, courage and commitment, and armed with courage and commitment he willingly went into harm’s way in the service of his country.”
The loss of Garcia ‘‘has torn the fabric of the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River community,” Ireland said, ‘‘so we are here to begin to mend this tear, to begin the journey to healing by comforting each other. We will do that through shared tears, stories and memories of a fine young man who, though we will never see again or talk with again, will remain forever in the heart of this community.”
Her remarks were followed by memorial reflections by Garcia’s friends and shipmates, a slide show, poetry reading, a pastoral reflection, the Hospital Corpsman Prayer, Roll Call, the playing of Taps and a closing hymn sung by HA Brittany Bounds and HM3 Melanie Davis.
Anthony Garcia grew up in a military family, the son of Carol and Anthony Garcia. He graduated in 2006 from Haney Technical High School in Panama City, Fla., and joined the Navy immediately after graduation.
After completing training, he was assigned to the Pax River Naval Health Clinic. During this initial assignment, he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
While at Pax River, he met Jewell Verdejo, who became his wife April 24 in Hawaii. She still serves with the clinic at Pax River.
Garcia’s awards include the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
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|Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Anthony C. Garcia, 21, of Panama City, Fla.; was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditonary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; died Aug. 5 while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. Husband of Jewell. Son of Carol (Louis) Lindsey and Anthony J. (Martina) Garcia. Brother of Troy Garcia, Andy DeHerrera, Elijah Garcia, Elisha Garcia, Christine Stimpson. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.|
|The Associated Press
HONOLULU — A Hawaii-based sailor has died in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense announced Thursday that Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony C. Garcia of Tyndall, Fla., died Wednesday while supporting combat operations in Farah Province.
The 21-year-old Garcia served as a corpsman with Marines assigned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.
Garcia joined the Navy in 2006 and reported to Hawaii in February. His awards include the Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
About 1,000 Hawaii Marines with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment arrived in Helmand and Farah provinces in late May. They are part of a surge of 21,000 U.S. troops sent by President Obama.
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