Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Christopher L Marion

Pineville, Missouri

February 22, 2006

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Army Pfc

Army's 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

 Killed in Al Hawijah, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during patrol operations.

Soldiers' Stories: Families Recall Lives Worth Remembering
Sunday, May 24, 2009

By Doug Thompson

THE MORNING NEWS
Springdale, AR

Memorial Day is all about remembering, but we can't remember people we never met. So here are the stories of four young soldiers. They are a few of the people for whom Memorial Day was created. How they died already made the news. These are stories about how they lived, and the sacrifices made by them, their families and the people who knew them.

CHRISTOPHER MARION

Christopher L. Marion, 20, was a McDonald County, Mo., man who loved to fish and came from a large family. He enlisted in the Army with his brother, Kevin, in 2004. They are from Jane, Mo. Both served in Iraq. Christopher died in action Feb. 22, 2006, along with three other members of the 101st Airborne Division.

"We just decided, ‘Well, if I'm going into the military, it would be cool to have a battle buddy and have my brother there with me,' so we both enlisted," said Kevin, 22. Christopher wanted to enlist in the Marine Corps but changed his plans, waited and enlisted together with Kevin. Kevin wanted to go into the Army.

"Yes, I'm going to re-enlist," said Kevin, who was in an Army mortar crew. He's served his stint in the Army. He's going to enlist with the Marines Corps after taking some months off.

"I'm very proud of my brother," Kevin said. "I'll always try to be what I knew he was going to be: Somebody's who's going to be a proud person, to be helpful, be somebody. Make something with their lives." 

Christopher and Kevin were the closest in age of the family's four brothers. Another brother, Douglas Dale, was killed in a car wreck in 2002.

"When an old person dies you can know they lived out their life. It's sad to see them gone, but you know they had fun while they were here," Kevin said of his brothers. "When it's a young person, it's out of the blue. It's really tragic. They had their whole life that they could have lived out, stuff that they could have done."

On Memorial Day, "there's this thing going on in Springfield, (Mo.) with the Patriot Guard Riders," a motorcycle club of veterans and guardsmen, Kevin said. The Marion family's going up there as guests of honor.

"Back on that note of what I want people to remember about my brother: He was kind, caring, full of energy, honest, and an all-around good person," Marion said. "I just want everybody to remember him that way." 

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