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

Juston T Thacker

Bluefield, West Virginia

June 24, 2004

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Marine L/Cpl

3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Died from hostile fire near Bari Khout, Afghanistan.

LCpl Juston Tyler Thacker was a 21 year old Marine from Mercer County in West Virginia.

After completing his first semester of college, Juston was so moved by the tragedy of 9/11 he decided to join the military. On March 18, 2002 Juston Thacker joined the United States Marine Corp. He served his first overseas duty as an embassy guard in Kabul, Afghanistan in December 2002. On June 24, 2004, 6 weeks into his second tour in Afghanistan, LCpl Juston Thacker was killed in the line of duty serving his Country. Juston was proud to be a Marine, proud to be an American and honored to champion the cause of freedom.

Juston was 2001 graduate of Princeton Senior High School. He was a member of the PSHS Tiger football Team and served as co-captain during the 2000 season. In his senior season the team posted a 9-3 record and won one playoff game. He also was on the track team and wrote for the school newspaper. He was an avid hunter, a Slush Puppy connoisseur and a die hard Buffalo Bills fan.

To his family he was a precious gift from our Heavenly Father. Words cannot express the magnitude of our love nor the depths of our sorrow. He was a beloved son, fiancÚ, grandson, brother, nephew and cousin. From He-man to Slush Puppies we all possess priceless memories to be cherished in our hearts forever. To his family he was already a hero as we watched him persevere through many struggles with integrity and courage. Thank You, Juston, for your love, support and all of your jokes. But most of all Thank You for your presence that so richly blessed us all.     Click her For More


From Dixie Sisk 11/12/05:

Juston was our grandson and our daughters only child, he was on his second tour of Afghanistan of only six weeks when he was killed in action. He was 21 and engaged and planning on returning to college. He and others put their lives on hold to defend our FREEDOM. Like him many have made the supreme sacrifice, we must not let it be in vain. We have to honor them by serving our country and God where we can. The pain is too deep to just give up. Thank you for this site to honor our brave heroes.

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