Warrior Wednesday: Garreth C. Isaak #NeverForgotten


Garreth C. Isaak
Dec. 28, 1966 to Dec. 20, 1989

Image from TogetherWeServed

Image from TogetherWeServed

Cpl Garreth C. Isaak served as a Scout Squad Leader of Company D, Second Light Armored Infantry Battalion, SECOND Marine Division, in action on 20 December 1989, in support of Operation JUST CAUSE, in Panama. While attempting to secure the National Department of Traffic and land Transportation number two, Corporal Isaak’s squad came under intensely hostile fire. He continued to advance toward the building in order to clear it of hostile forces of unknown size. Once inside, Corporal Isaak maneuvered from room to room ensuring it was secure. His squad again encountered small automatic weapons fire from within the building. With full knowledge of the risks, Corporal Isaak continued to advance in order to neutralize the threat. As a result of his heroic conduct, Corporal Isaak ensured the objective was completed, sacrificing his life to accomplish his mission.

Isaak received the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and the American Legion Medal of Valor.

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The protagonist of my WID (Work in Development) is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.