Corps News 05/22/07:
CLB-6 honors fallen leatherneck
May 22, 2007; Submitted on: 05/29/2007 02:00:31 PM ; Story ID#: 200752914031
By Sgt. Stephen M. DeBoard, 2nd Marine Logistics Group
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (May 22, 2007) -- Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Fwd), paused operations May 22 to pay their final respects to a fallen Marine.
Lance Cpl. Jeffrey D. Walker, 21, of Macon, Ga., was a logistics vehicle system operator with Transportation Support Company, CLB-6. He was killed in action May 14 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, in support of Regimental Combat Team 6.
“Jeff Walker was the type of Marine prized by commanders at every level. Unlike the often heard joke, he was jack of all trades and a master of them all. Whether functioning as a dispatcher, machine gunner or LVS operator, his performance and perseverance had earned him the enduring respect of Marines of all ranks in his company,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Kelleher, commanding officer, CLB-6.
“Walker was a great Marine and a good friend to all of us,” said Cpl. Barry Lewis, the fireteam leader for the fallen leatherneck. “Lance Cpl. Walker was the convoy commander’s gunner, my gunner and he was good at it. He did not mind being up there in the turret all the time but he used to tell us he wanted to drive an LVS every once in a while. He thought he could do more, help the Marines out more that way. The day that he left us, he was doing exactly what he wanted to do. He was back in his LVS.”
Walker’s personal decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Lance Cpl. Cody Johnson recalled his friend and fellow Marine’s fun-loving and energetic nature.
“When we were back at home he would never sit still. He always wanted to do something. He used to come into my room and wake me up by jumping on my bed and telling me, ‘lets go do something.’ I would tell him I was tired and sleeping so go away. He would start shaking me and bouncing on the bed saying, ‘I’m bored. Let’s do something.’ He was the most persistent man I ever met. He would nag and nag until you finally gave in,” remembered Johnson.
Johnson also spoke of the good times he had with his comrade.
“Whenever I went out with Jeff we would have fun. Whether it was skating, bowling, watching a movie, walking around the mall, hustling at pool or just driving around. If we couldn’t find something to do that day we would just drive around or go to someone’s house, or barracks and BS,” he said. “No matter what we did we had a blast. Somehow, someway we would always have fun. There was never a dull moment with him.”
1st Sgt. Christopher Combs, TS Co. first sergeant, called Final Roll.
“Taps” was sounded following the ceremony.
“Awareness of the threat and of our overriding cause instills purposeful caution balanced with the continued risks we must take to relentlessly bring the fight to the enemy. We must also remember that those we are fighting make up only a small fraction of the population with whom we interact to some degree everyday,” concluded Kelleher. “We pay tribute to Lance Cpl. Walker’s service and to his dedication by remaining focused on our mission every day that we are here.”
|From The Telegraph macon.com
Local Marine killed in Iraq this week leaves behind 5 month old son
By Travis Fain - firstname.lastname@example.org
Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey D. Walker, who was killed in Iraq this week, grew up in several Middle Georgia communities and leaves behind a 5-month-old son, according to his older sister Kelly Otto.
"Bubba" to his friends and family, Walker graduated from Pike County High School in Zebulon, but he also lived in Macon and Fort Valley growing up, Otto said. He was 21 when he died in Iraq's al-Anbar Province on Monday, according to the Department of Defense. His son's name is Conner Young, according to Otto and the child's mother, 18-year-old Dana Young.
Walker loved to work on cars, draw and Rollerblade. This was his second tour in Iraq, Young and Otto said.
Being a Marine made all the difference in his life they said. "He was going down this path of trouble and he just turned around and went the opposite way," Otto said. "He was very proud and he knew everybody here was proud of him too." Otto said.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin is in charge of the arrangements.