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Local Marine dies in combat
Published 10:31pm Monday, December 13, 2010
Marine Staff Sgt. Stacy Andrew Green of Alexander City was killed Friday, Dec. 10, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.
Green, 34, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was deployed to Afghanistan in August in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He was the son of Gloria Jean and Stanley Eugene Green of Alexander City.
“He was a marine full-time. It was his career,” his brother, Tony Green, said.
Tony Green said his brother joined the Marines 10 years ago and was deployed to Iraq three times before his deployment to Afghanistan.
“He enjoyed it,” Tony Green said of his brother’s career as a Marine. “It changed his life.”
Green’s close friend, Richard Vaughan, said he met Green about two years ago and described the marine as a very outspoken individual who loved his life and lived it to the fullest.
“You know that one dude that made everyone laugh? That was him,” Vaughan shared. “He was the life of the party.”
Vaughan added that Green loved his mother as well as his two Alaskan huskies, Joker and Ace.
“You would just click with him instantly,” Vaughan said. “He never met a stranger. He was a real good person.”
Tony Green described his brother, who lived in Jacksonville, S.C. but came home to Alexander City for holidays and vacations, as very cheerful and said he loved playing online military games.
Tony Green said that before his brother’s deployment in August, he gave him his Facebook account password so he would have it should anything happen to him.
“I got on (Facebook) Friday and let his friends know,” Tony Green said.
Since then, there has been an outpouring of support for Green’s family on his Facebook page from many of his friends.
“Hadn’t seen Stacy in years. Can truly say he was one of the best men I’ve ever known. Thanks for always having my back,” David Asbill posted.
Green’s classmates from Daleville High School also showed their support and shared how much they would miss Green.
“Stacy was my friend and fellow Warhawk on the O-line at Daleville. He was a friend to anyone he met, regardless of their social standing. He will be missed. Thank you Stacy for your service to our country. In time, we will all see you again!,” Daven Davenport posted.
Finally, a number of Green’s fellow marines offered their condolences.
“I can’t believe it was you who had to go. One of the few, who could talk to like a man, and get an honest opinion, and always had our backs. The Marine Corps needs more guys like you. I am proud to have served with you, and my condolences go to your family,” Nathaniel Eliott Ffokinok posted.
Green said the family appreciates all the support.
“He was a great brother,” Tony Green said.
Green’s remains arrived on U.S. soil Sunday, when transported by a U.S. Marine Corps carry team at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Tony Green said.
His remains are expected to arrive in Alexander City Wednesday between 1 and 2 p.m.
Funeral honors and arrangements are being handled by Radney Funeral Home and had yet to be finalized as of press time Monday.
“There will be a 21-gun salute and ‘Taps’ will be playing at the grave site,” Tony Green said.